Mumbai: Actor-producer Saif Ali Khan has managed to resolve the controversy surrounding his maiden production Love Aaj Kal just two days before its release.
The Punjab Cultural and Heritage Board which had earlier objected to the portrayal of the Sikh community in the film accepted an apology from Saif in Mumbai on Wednesday evening.
Apart from the apology,15 seconds of the film will be cut as per the board's demand. The apology includes regret by Saif for not growing his beard long enough, while the shots edited out of the film depict a Sardar visiting the Gurudwara to woo a girl.
"The board had a problem with the film, which was legitimate, Gurudwara is a place of worship and we should not be disrespect that. Even though my film did not try to disrespect, we will edit the sequence," said Saif.
Earlier films like Singh is Kinng and Jo Bole So Nihaal had run into trouble with certain Sikh representatives. Now the Punjab Cultural and Heritage Board made it clear that this was the last apology they would accept from Bollywood.
"This is to inform all the people in Bollywood that we will not accept anymore letters henceforth, if you have any problem come and consult the board free of cost, and we will help you portray Sikh characters, this is the last time we are letting a film get away with this," said President of Punjab and cultural Heritage Board, Charan Singh Sapra.
All is well that ends well. The good news is that all the film buffs can catch the much awaited Saif-Deepika starer Love Aaj Kal on Friday.