Controversial Film Nanak Shah Fakir Shelved

After much heated controversy and pressure the controversial film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ has been withdrawn from the theatres worldwide. The film was initially released worldwide on April 17, 2015 going against the storm of speculations, criticisms and objections from the Akal Takht, Dal Khalsa and the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC). 

The producer of the film Harinder Singh Sikka has confirmed that the film will be removed from the theaters world wide within two days. Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh later said that Sikka "surrendered" before the Akal Takht.

"As per the directions of holy Akal Takht, I have decided to withdraw the movie 'Nanak Shah Fakir' from all the theaters worldwide forthwith," Sikka stated.

He further added "I had a meeting with Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday. He requested me to withdraw the film and make changes according to the Takht’s directions. So, I have made the sacrifice smilingly." 

The very first objections against the film’s content were brought up by the radical outfit Dal Khalsa. The widespread resentment and uproar rose from the content of the film. The film is a biopic on the life of Guru Nanak where he has been portrayed as a human being. Even though Sikka the producer tried to clear the air by clarifying that computer graphics were used for the purpose, his claims did not hold water.

Dal Khalsa had submitted to the Akal Takht on April 6, 2015 a letter requesting the latter to mandate the producer to withdraw the film at the earliest. Also following suite the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) wrote a letter on April 10, 2015 to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to impose a complete ban from screening the film.

"First of all Sikka should not have released the movie without getting approval from SGPC's censor board which includes religious experts." were the observations of the SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar.

The film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ has already been cancelled from release in Punjab and Chandigarh owing to public outcry and possible law and order disruption.

The fact that the producer of the film has promised that the necessary adjustments will be made in the film has to an extent appeased the religious authorities for now.

“The producer of movie has withdrawn the film and now an expert committee of Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee would give its suggestions as to what all changes were needed in the film contents,” said Akal Takht chief Giani Gurbachan Singh.