Tv serial shooting raises hackles
Amritsar March 7:
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) decided to ban the shooting of feature films or TV serials in the Golden Temple complex here.
Taking exception to the shooting of a TV serial, “Lado”, in the Golden Temple, SGPC President Avtar Singh said the TV crew violated the Maryada (Sikh code of conduct) as the actress was applying lipstick while the makeup man was holding a mirror, in front of the Golden Temple.
He said the secretary, SGPC, Dalmegh Singh, had been deputed to conduct a probe into the violation of the Maryada. The erring officials would be placed under suspension immediately. He claimed that no permission was granted to shoot the TV serial. However, he hastened to add that only such films which would project Sikhism in the true sense would be allowed shooting after screening the script or story.
However, according to sources, the TV crew procured had the written permission from one of the secretaries of the SGPC. An additional secretary was deputed to accompany the TV team. Following the past practice, the Information Office of the SGPC was kept in the dark at the time of granting the permission. Gurbachan Singh, information officer, claimed that shooting was done from the“Charan Ganga,” the main entrance of the Golden Temple.
Earlier, on March 25 last year, the SGPC received flak from all over the world when film actors Rekha and Rishi Kapoor, who were shooting for a Hindi feature film, “Sadiyaan,” at the Golden Temple, put “kadah prasad” in each other’s mouth. A worried SGPC official was seen requesting the director of the film, Raj Kanwar, that the shot be deleted as the Darbar Sahib was not a picnic spot.
However, it is yet to be seen whether the “highly objectionable scene” filmed in gross violation of the Sikh Maryada will be deleted from the TV serial. Meanwhile, devotees continue to face a lot of inconvenience due to frequent shootings inside the complex.