Amritsar: Sri Akal Takhat Sahib on Monday imposed a ban on the release of controversial movie ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’.
SGPC appointed Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said “We have imposed a complete ban on controversial film Nanak Shah Fakir. The film cannot be released”.
“Showing Sikh gurus in living form cannot be permitted. And the issue relating to human beings playing the role of the Guru and his family has not been addressed,” he said. The movie is slated for release on April 13.
The Akal Takht jathedar said a Sikh Censor Board will be constituted and it will be made mandatory for filmmakers to seek approval from the board before they start preparing any script on a subject pertaining to Sikhs and their religion.
The Sikh Censor Board will have members from the SGPC, Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, Sant Samaj, among others, Gyani Gurbachan said.
The SGPC had constituted the first sub-committee of eight members in 2015 when the movie was to be released initially.
In 2015, the producers of the film had decided to withdraw the movie from cinema halls across the country and other parts of the world after protests from religious Sikh groups.
A month ago, the film producers again announced the movie’s release for April 13 after which various Sikh outfits started raising objections seeking a ban on the grounds that depiction of Sikh gurus and other historic Sikh figures in films is considered blasphemous.
Now, the SGPC too has urged the Central and state governments to ban the screening of the movie keeping in view the Sikh sentiments.
Sikh organisations too have demanded ban on the movie, claiming it “brazenly violates the religious philosophy and Sikh maryada (code of conduct)”.