On Saturday, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) demanded a ban on TV serial, “Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma”. According to them, the show has hurt the sentiments of Sikh community. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has portrayed the character Roshan Singh Sodhi as the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Kirpal Singh Badungar said in a statement to the India Today:
“No actor or any character can equate himself with the tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. Such an act is unpardonable.”
Both the show makers and the channel have received warnings from the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for showcasing blasphemous acts.
On the other hand, the makers of the show have clarified that the character Sodhi had portrayed Guru Gobind Singh Ka Khalsa and not Guru Gobind Singh. In a tweet, they wrote: “In Episode 2287 of TMKOC, Sodhi was dressed up as Guru Gobind Singh Ji ka Khalsa. We request viewers to not misinterpret it in any other way.”
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is the longest-running scripted show on Indian television. The show stood at third spot with 6,049 TVT ratings in the 26th week of 2017.
Also, in February 2016, Piotr Glinski who is the Polish Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the Law and Justice government visited the sets of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.