The Singham star screened the film for community leaders of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee in Amritsar after strong objections were raised regarding controversial dialogue and imagery in the film's trailer. Parts were regarded as 'anti-Sikh' and blasphemous, and it was feared they might offend the religious sensibilities of the Sikh community.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Devgn, who is also the film's producer, said: "The movie is about Sikhs. I am a Punjabi and hurting sentiments of Punjabis will mean hurting sentiments of my own family. I can never do that.
"There were some promos on Youtube to which there were objections. Since I have great respect for the Sikh community, I have come here and shown them the promos and listened to their objections. I have promised to do the needful."
A scene deemed contentious features Devgn's character, a turban-wearing Sikh, bearing a tattoo of the Hindu God Lord Shiva on his chest, while saying lines such as "If Sikhs were not there then who would have invented abuses?" and "Without Sardaars, on whom would have jokes been made?".
Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, president of a faction of the All India Sikh Students Federation, who had submitted the original complaint about the film, said: "There was an objection to a tattoo. Devgn has told us that he will replace it. There is also an objectionable joke, but we were told that the promo does not show the entire scene, which puts the joke in a different perspective."
Punjab Information and Public Relations Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia, who also attended the meeting, commented: "Devgn is a seasoned actor who belongs to Punjab. He has assured that he has the highest regard for Sikh sentiments and nothing objectionable will be exhibited in the movie."
"Since Devgn has assured us that no objectionable scene or dialogue will feature in the movie, we are satisfied," he stated.
Devgn said that, while he could do nothing about trailers that were already circulating on the internet, he will ensure that Son of Sardaar represents the Sikh community in a positive light.
Directed by Ashwani Dhir and starring Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla, Son of Sardaar is scheduled to release on November 13.