Controversial Film Pulled Following Protests, Bombings

May 23, 2005

Source: BBC News

On May 23, 2005 BBC News reported, "The Bollywood film which has so angered some Sikhs and been the focus of bomb attacks in Delhi was last week hastily withdrawn from cinemas in India's Sikh majority state of Punjab after protests. A section of the Sikh community says the film's title and some of its content denigrates their faith. The film is called Jo Bole So Nihal, which is part of a Sikh slogan (Jo Bole So Nihal Sat Sri Akal: He who takes God's name is blessed) spoken in prayer and on the battlefield. Sunny Deol stars as a Sikh policeman in the film, which was shot in India and the US. The film includes shots of scantily-clad women, as well as some of the Sikh scriptures, although not in the same scene."