Supreme Court rejects SGPC's plea for urgent hearing on 'Nanak Shah Fakir'

Alicia Farmer
April 13, 2018

"All institutions, being run by the SGPC, will remain closed on April 13 as a mark of protest against the release of controversial movie Nanak Shah Fakir", announced the SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal.

According to LiveLaw, the SGPC argued that "the Sikh body is a statutory body and passed a resolution in 2003 that no one was allowed to depict the role of any Sikh Guru or their family members".

In April 2015, Sikka had agreed to hold the release of the film pending suggestions from the Akal Takht board.

The movie is based on the life of the first Sikh master, Guru Nanak.

Two Sikh bodies made unsuccessful attempts in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court to stall the release of the movie "Nanak Shah Fakir", which would hit theaters across the nation today.

Although the apex court has directed the state governments to ensure screening of the movie, the theatre owners in Delhi have reportedly decided not to screen it, fearing any untoward incidents.

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The Cinematograph (Certification) Rules 1983 says that under sec.11 that it specifically imposes a duty on the Board to assess public reaction to films, which can be by holding symposia or seminars of film critics, film writers, community leaders and persons engaged in the film industry and also by undertaking local or national survey to study the impact of the film on the mind of the viewers.

Nanak Shah Fakir is a movie which came to news by the controversy of humans portraying Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Pronouncing the decision, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said that despite repeated warnings, Sikka was adamant to release the movie that has caused widespread outrage, and thus, it was chose to boycott Sikka socially from all spheres.

The producer of the movie has reportedly said that the movie will not be released in Punjab. The plea has now been listed to be heard in court on Monday.

SGPC chief secretary Dr Roop Singh has also tendered an apology through social media for granting permission to the film maintaining that it was a blunder on his part to issue such a letter and was apologetic to the Sikh community for this.

Giani Gurbachan Singh said the SGPC sub-committee that had given clearance to the movie in May 2016 will be summoned.

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