Mumbai, Mar 20 (): Colors TV, the popular Hindi entertainment channel, has changed the title of its new serial from “Gurbani” to “Baani – Ishq Ka Kalma” that went on air from Monday night.
It is found that several Sikh personalities and organizations had objected to the title of “Gurbani”, as Gurbani is a sacred word for the Sikhs.
Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) said the representatives of the channel at first did not accept their fault but said that there was nothing wrong in naming the serial as “Gurbani”. When the issue took a serious turn when Jalandhar police registered a FIR against the channel under section 295A of Indian Penal Code, the channel took a U-turn and announced that it would change the title.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had lodged a complaint against the producer of the serial and the main actor with Amritsar Police, on Monday.
At the same time, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar had insisted Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari, to ensure that name of the serial was changed.
The ministry interfered with this issue after SGPC protested that “Gurbani is the second name of Guru Granth Sahib” and that “naming a serial and a character by that name was an insult to Sikhism”.
Now the channel has named the serial as “Baani” but it’s just like a trick because for Sikhs “Baani” and “Gurbani” are synonyms.
Prashant Bhatt, the programming head of the channel, said in an interview that through the show they aimed to enlighten people, to create an awareness that getting married to an NRI does not necessarily guarantee a happy marriage, a luxurious and comfortable lifestyle.
Colors spokesperson said that their channel has tremendous respect for all communities including Sikhs and they would never do anything to hurt to their sentiments. He added that to respect the sentiments of the people, they had decided to change the name of the show.