SGPC clearance to Movie ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ under pressure: Mehta


Amritsar: As per media reports the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) said the second sub-committee to review controversial movie ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ was constituted under pressure from some influential persons.

According to Hindustan Times, senior SGPC member Rajinder Singh Mehta repeatedly said in recording that movie producer Harinder Sikka approached some politicians to build up pressure on the apex body of the Sikhs to re-review the film.

The SGPC has so far constituted three sub-committees for the movie. Mehta has been member of all three sub-committees.

The SGPC gave clearance to the movie on May 13, 2016, on recommendations of second sub-committee, and it was to be re-released on April 13 this year. But the Akal Takht banned the movie and excommunicated Sikka following which he decided not to release it in Punjab despite getting a green signal from Supreme Court.

As per HT, Mehta said the first sub-committee, comprising him, SGPC senior vice-president Raghujit Singh Virk and Roop Singh, rejected the initial version of the movie after watching it at Sikka’s residence at Delhi in 2015. The Then SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar was also present, he said.

After rejection, some people started recommending re-review of the movie through the SGPC president and Akal Takht jathedar. As a result, another sub-committee was constituted in which Roop Singh was replaced with the then chief secretary Harcharan Singh. The job of this committee was to make Sikka aware of the objections so he can remove them before the release,” said Mehta.

“The movie was cleared on Sikka’s request, who promised that after removing objections, he will show the final print to the SGPC. But he betrayed the SGPC by not showing the revised version of the movie before releasing it,” said Mehta, adding that the SGPC is being defamed.


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