In deliberations that stretched for nearly three hours at a Amritsar hotel — where parts of the movie containing the alleged objectionable contents were separately screened for the SGPC and the representatives of the three All Indian Sikh Students Federations — the actor promised to address the concerns raised.
According to sources, at the meeting — arranged by Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia — Devgn pointed out that his family hailed from Attari village in Amritsar and thus “knew the Punjabi culture well and can never hurt sentiments of Sikh community”.
“There was no intention to hurt the sentiments of anybody. I am a Punjabi myself, so question of hurting the sentiments of Sikhs does not arise. I asked Sanju (actor Sanjay Dutt, who is also in the film) to call up Sukhbirji on the issue. All doubts will be cleared. What is to be removed, we will remove (from the film),” Devgn told mediapersons after the meeting.
“Devgn had agreed to remove the contentious matter from the movie,” All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) president Karnail Singh Peermohammed said, adding that his organisation will now report to Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh for a final call on the issue.
SGPC member Rajinder Singh Mehta said that the actor had assured a copy of the full movie will be provided to the SGPC before the film is released.
Meanwhile, senior lawyer Advocate Navkiran Singh has sought the intervention of the Censor Board in removing certain “objectionable” scenes and dialogues from the movie.