A Ludhiana resident has approached the Punjab and Haryana high court, seeking a ban on the screening of upcoming movie ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’. The petition was filed on Thursday.
The petitioner, Satbir Singh, has submitted that Guru Nanak has been shown in a living form in the movie slated for release on April 17, going by the trailers released by the film-maker.
The petitioner 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.
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 had stated that no such permission was given by the jathedar, the petitioner submitted. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has 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.
He has demanded that the movie be banned and its screening not be allowed during the pendency of the petition.
The petitioner has sought to make the Punjab government, the Centre and movie producer Harinder Singh Sikka, among others, as respondents in the case. The petition is yet to come up for hearing.