Update: Punjabi Sikhs Demonstrate Against Bollywood Film

May 14, 2005

Source: BBC News


On May 14, 2005 BBC News reported, "Groups of Sikhs in the north Indian state of Punjab have staged protests against the exhibition of a new Bollywood film. They say the film Jo Bole So Nihaal (which is a Sikh battle cry) denigrates their religion. Protesters shouted slogans and stoned cinema halls in several towns across the state. Police have arrested several people and charged them with rioting and disturbing the peace. In Jalandhar, protesters clashed with police outside a cinema hall showing the film. Some of the protesters were injured. In the Sikh holy city of Amritsar, dozens of policemen in full riot gear were deployed to protect the local Rialto cinema house. Many Sikh religious and political groups are opposing the new film which they say 'inappropriately employs religious symbols including the Sikh battle cry: "bole so nihaal," which has been wrongly used for the name of the film.' But the makers of the film, who are Sikhs themselves, insist that it does not offend Sikh sentiments in any way."