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Case filed against Jacqueline Fernandes over Dishoom song

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Days after the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) sent a notice to makers of Dhishoom for using a kirpan ‘inappropriately’ in a song, the film finds itself in legal trouble.

A Chandigarh resident, Ravinder Singh Bassi, has lodged a complaint against the film’s director Rohit Dhawan, producer Sajid Nadiadwala and actress Jacqueline Fernandez for “insulting religious sentiments”, according to an India Today report. He has also named Sector 34 SHO and SSP Chandigarh as co-accused.

Dhishoom’s song, Sau Tarah, shows Jacqueline wearing a kirpan – Sikh ceremonial dagger – on her waist. The court has asked the complainant to produce primary witnesses and has set the hearing date for July 1, the report further said

On June 15, DSGMC had objected to the use of ‘kirpan’ through the letter. Sirsa, an office-bearer of DSGMC, said through the legal notice, the director has been asked to remove the video or re-shoot it sans the “kirpan”. The Sikh body has also demanded a public apology from Dhishoom makers within seven days.

Scheduled to release on July 29, the action-comedy is helmed by Rohit Dhawan and also features John Abraham in the lead role.

Reacting to the complaint, Varun Dhawan said on June 16, “It’s not a kirpan. It’s an Arabic sword which has been used and we must actually be having it, so we can show it. I am a Punjabi myself, and so is my brother (director Rohit Dhawan). So we would never do something like that. It’s a misunderstanding.”