Nanak Shah Fakir won’t be screened in Punjab, State govt after SC clears release: On the last Tuesday, the Punjab government decided not to screen controversial movie Nanak Shah Fakir in the state. The special principal secretary, Gurkirat Kirpal said to the chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, confirmed the development on the last afternoon.
This decision came hours post the Supreme Court cleared the release of the next movie on this 13th April and asked the state governments to make sure to have a smooth release of the films.
The movie has run into controversy with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh opposed release of the movie which depicts the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, in a form of human.
Previously, on the last Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued an order which directing states to make sure a smooth release for the movie which is based on the first Sikh guru.
Directing state governments make sure that the law and order, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud stated that the freedom of expression of an artist which can’t be stopped by a group of private people.
The Film producer Harinder Singh Sikka move towards the top court against an Akal Takht order calling for a ban on this movie.
The Directing the states to maintain law and order, Chief Justice Misra told: “Once the CBFC grants the certificate, there can’t be any kind of impediment to the exhibition of the film. It is well settled that once the CBFC grants a certificate, it is final.”
On Monday, with a section of the Sikhs opposing Nanak Shah Fakir for essaying the role of a Sikh Gurus as living human beings, the Akal Takht declared a ban on its release.
The film was previously set to be released in 2015, but it was put on hold because of this controversy.