Anjaline Bhatticharya, founder and chief executive of the Sikh Association of India, was speaking at the launch of the new film, A Million Sikhs: The Untold Story of a Nation, at the New Delhi Film Festival.
She has also shared a video from the event, which was titled, “I have no time for ignorance”.
In the video, Bhattucharya is seen walking into a crowded theatre and discussing the importance of diversity in our society.
The video has been viewed more than 1.7 million times and received more than 13 million views.
Bhattocharya said that the film is meant to highlight the importance and need for diversity in the society.
“A Million Sikhas is an opportunity for all of us to come together, learn from each other and make our contribution to the world.
It’s a call to start talking about diversity, about the need for people to be inclusive of all different ethnicities, religions and cultures.
And this is a bigger thing than the film itself,” Bhattecharya said.
The Sikh Association for Peace and Integration, which has partnered with the film’s production company, said in a statement that “a million Sikhs is a huge number for all those who have been fighting the war against hate, intolerance and violence for the last 60 years.”
The film will be released on October 27 and is being produced by Anuj Bhattakar, a director with Akshay Kumar’s Aamir Khan’s Akshaya Project.
Bhaticharya has previously expressed her desire to create awareness about Sikh identity, particularly in India, saying “the more I get to know Sikh culture and history, the more I realise that this is my heritage and my homeland.”
The Indian film festival also hosted a screening of A Million, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month.
The film follows a family in Mumbai in the 1950s.
Bhaav Singh (Gurinder Chadha) is a son of a wealthy textile trader and lives in a large house.
His mother (Kamla Kapoor) is also a wealthy woman and her son, a shopkeeper.
Bhaskar has been the director of Aamira Khan’s award-winning film Akshayan – the story of a man’s journey to freedom, fame and poverty.
He also directed Akshya Kapoor’s film The House.