They live and work in Glamour, but do not forget their religious identity and
Guru's advice 'Mat Dekh Bhoola Visrai tera Chit Na Aave Nao' .
Apart from our role-models in fi lmmaking, we have now a number of Sikhs who like other youngsters
are attracted towards the glamour world of stage, television, fi lms and modeling. Many such Sikhs have
abandoned their Sikh identity with an object of getting more work and earning more money. However there
are some Sikhs who have kept their Sikh identity and with Guru's given turban on their heads have done their
work in this glamour world with dignity, without caring for the work and money aspect. Th ey consider that
whatever God has given is suffi cient to meet all their needs. Such persons do not forget their origin, Guru's
teachings and their honour while undertaking any task. Th ey know that a turban on their head is an honour
and if it goes, it will not be the living of a Sikh. Th ey believe in Gurbani 'Je Jive Pat Lathi Jaye, Sab Haram
Jeta Kich Khaye' and live their life with the Gurmat principles of contentment and God's will. A number of
such persons engaged in diff erent sectors of the glamour world like production, direction, acting, writing
of script and lyrics have been identifi ed by us from this glamour world as our role-models. Th e problem
of Sikh identity mainly comes in the acting fi eld as our fi lm Producers and Directors are not giving Sikh
roles to Sikhs. Th ey want to give the roles to established actors by making them Sikhs with artifi cial beards
and turbans. Th at is why the Sikhs are not getting the main roles. However, the Sanstha has emphasized
many a time that the Sikh role must be given to Sikh actors. Many Sikh actors like Manpreet Singh Banga
are there who can play the role of Hero in any fi lm. So far other roles are concerned, the Sikh have played
character roles and comedians. Earlier the Sikhs were not shown in good spirit and were generally presented
as to make fun of them. But, the scene has changed now and it has been understood that a comedian is not
a fool or a block head. He is quite sharp and gives comments with wit, satire and intelligence. He makes
other laugh and not is merely meant to be laughed at S. Jaspal Singh Bhatti was a king of comedy. He gave
many comic performances, acted in many Punjabi and Hindi movies and was recognized for his humorous
programme full of satire on topical issues on various T.V. channels. S. Navjot Singh Sidhu is another Sikh
face generally seen in comedy programmes on small screen. Th ere are other Sikhs also like Gurpreet Singh
Ghuggi who are playing the role of comedians in various fi lms. Th us, our role-models include some Sikh
comedy stars. Th ose who are music Directors or singers fi nd a place among the role-models in our category
of music and dance.
A few words must be said about fashion modeling, which has recently taken the society by storm. Th e
youth is highly attracted towards fashion modeling as it brings a lot of money, popularity and glamour
in one's life. Some 20 years back, our clergy and others narrow minded people used to think that Sikhs
were not meant for fashion parade. However, the intellectual Sikhs held the view that Sikhs could do
anything if it was not illegal, immoral or contrary to the teachings of the Gurus. Fashion modeling was
mainly a presentation of one's overall personality which covered his way of walking, talking, dress sense
and intelligence. When one gentleman S. G.S. Gill wanted to do modeling, the modeling agency told him
that for being a good model, he was required to shave of his hair. However, the devout Sikh was courageous
enough to say that he will not do so and added he will himself make Sikh models in good number. He
started his own modeling agency under the name and style of 'Launchers' in Delhi. Further, S. Jaspal Singh
Saigal of Mumbai had proved that a model could participate in Sikh form in any fashion competition. He
competed in Grasim 'Mr. India' competition in 2002 and became the fi rst runners up in that competition.
Kes Sambhal Parchar Sansta had taken an initiative when they started in 1998 a programme called 'SAGA'
(Spiritual And General Ability) contest wherein the participants were required to possess all the qualities
of a good model and also a good knowledge of Sikh religion, its maryada, values and traditions. 'He Khalsa'
and 'She Khalsa' were selected on the basis of overall evaluation through this programme which remained an
annual feature for 15 years. Following this programme, many other organizations in Chandigarh, Mumbai
and the other parts of the country started similar programmes. Th e most important of these programme was
that of 'Singh International' organized by an Amritsar based organization 'Akalpurakh Ki Fauj'. All these
programmes inspired confi dence among our Sikh boys and they started realizing the importance of Sikh
identity, particularly crown like turban on their heads which gave them an edge over others in projecting
the overall personality. Today, there are many Sikh fashion models working in diff erent parts of the world.
Th us, the encouragement given by various organizations and the bold initiative taken by S. G.S. Gill, Jaspal
Singh Saigal, S. Gurpreet Singh Ahluwalia, and S. Balwinder Singh Suri in this regard has given good results
and a number of Sikh models are now winning the heart of the people. We have selected some role-models
from this organ of the glamorous world also.