Voices for imposing ban on Punjabi film ‘’Nanak Shah Fakir’ are growing louder day-by-day. SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a ban on the film, citing that the film was against tenets of the Sikh religion as it portrays Guru Nanak in the physical form.
Not only the SGPC, but some radical Sikhs and some students from the Punjabi University are singing the same tune. Not only this, recently a Ludhiana resident approached the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking a ban on the film.
This is not for the first time that a film has been banned in the state. We give you a list of films whose screening was stopped in Punjab for one reason or the other.
Haawein (2003): Set against the backdrop to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, this 2003 film portrays the story of a young man disillusioned after the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and becomes a terrorist. The film starring Babbu Mann was banned in Delhi and Punjab.
The film ran into troubled waters after the governments of Punjab, Haryana, UTs of Chandigarh and Delhi decided to ban the movie, a day before its scheduled release on April 5, as it reportedly glorified the Khalistan separatist movement. The actor-producer Kuljinder Sidhu moved the Supreme Court, which after watching the film lifted the ban.
Following her same lines, nine board members also resigned within the next 24 hours. The Punjab government finally stopped the screening of the film on January 17 following fears it would lead to law and order situation in the state.