Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap lands into legal trouble for his recently released web-series on Netflix ‘Sacred Games 2’ after Delhi BJP spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga files a police complaint against him for “intentionally hurting Sikh sentiments by adding a scene which disrespects Sikh religious symbol Kada”.
The complaint was in reference to the scene where Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan), who is playing the role of a police officer takes his Kada off and throw it into the sea.
In the complaint, Bagga wrote, “Kada is considered as a revered and integral part of Sikh religion and it is treated with utmost respect and faith. The accused deliberately and intentionally depicted the scene in his web series with sole intention of insulting and outraging religious feelings of the people belonging to the Sikh community to promote disharmony, enmity, hatred and ill-will between different religious groups to provoke breach of peace by giving provocation and to severally insult the religious beliefs of the Sikhs’’.
The BJP leader seeks against Anurag Kashyap under section 295-A (damaging sacred object), 153, 153-A (attack on religion), 504 (provocation to break peace) and 505 (spreading rumours) IPC and Information Technology Act.
This is not the first time that Anurag Kashyap has landed into controversy as he has long and close relation with the controversies in the past as well.
Apart from Bagga, Akali Dal MP Manjinder Singh Sirsa has also warned Netflix to remove the scene from the web series.
“We cannot let Bollywood stars play with our religious faiths & sentiments. I warn Anurag Kashyap; he should at least study the scriptures of Sikhs & Hindus before he portrays the characters so negatively in his projects just for entertainment or sensationalisation (sic),” Sirsa said in a statement.
Sacred Games 2 features Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin, Jatin Sarna, Surveen Chawla and Luke Kenny in significant roles.
(With inputs from PTI)