Shrimoni Akali Dal MLA and Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Monday, November 6, lodged a complaint with police accusing actor Shahrukh Khan and others of "hurting religious sentiments" of the Sikh community through a poster of his upcoming movie 'Zero'.
The SAD legislator from Delhi, Sirsa alleged in his complaint lodged at North Avenue police station in Delhi that that the actor has been shown wearing a 'kirpan' (small sword) in a movie's poster.
No immediate reaction was available from the actor or any of his representatives and others concerned with the movie.
"As per the Sikh rehat maryada (a code of conduct and conventions for Sikhism, approved by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee), only an Amritdhari Sikh can wear gatra kirpan," Sirsa said in his complaint.
Sirsa also lodged his protest against Khan and movie director Anand Rai.
"In the movie's promo, the film star does not only appear wearing the 'kirpan' but the poster also shows the star in a lighter mood, thereby further showing the sikh's article of faith in a lighter vein. Sikhs cannot tolerate such mischievous acts, either in films or in real life," Sirsa said in a statement.
He demanded police to act on his complaint and get the movie's promo banned. The trailer and a new poster of the film was released on the occasion of Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday on November 2. Zero will release on December 21.