Upcoming film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ will be released as per schedule on April 17, with the Punjab and Haryana high court not granting stay on its release.
Taking up the petition filed by Ludhiana resident Satpal Singh, the vacation bench of the high court on Monday issued notices to the Punjab government, the Centre, Punjab director general of police, Central Board of Film Certification and movie producer Harinder Singh Sikka to file their replies on April 23.
The petitioner had submitted that Guru Nanak had been shown in a living form in the movie, going by the trailers released by the film-maker.
He said the Sikh religion prohibited idol worship and showing Gurus in a living form. He submitted that the movie had hurt the Sikh community’s feelings not only in India but also across the world.
SGPC, Sikh groups see red in Sikh-related films
The petitioner had demanded that the movie be banned and its screening not be allowed during the pendency of the petition.
Screening the film could lead to protests, he said, adding that the film-maker had claimed that it was made with the Akal Takht’s permission. But the Takht jathedar had stated that no such permission was given, the petitioner submitted.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has already demanded a ban on the movie and stated that no movie on the Sikh religion can be made without its prior permission, the petitioner said.