After warning Harinder Sikka, the maker of the film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’, the Sikh radical organisation Dal Khalsa on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, demanding a proactive approach against the film or the community would have to come out on the streets.
“You have no choice. The community has no choice. The filmmaker has no choice. The film cannot be released,” the memorandum said.
The delegation that met the jathedar at the Akal Takht was led by spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh. Along with the Dal Khalsa, the representatives of Damdami Taksal led by Ajaib Singh Abhiasi also handed over a letter written by its head Baba Harnam Singh to the jathedar, urging him to issue directions to the producer to withdraw the film.
“The Akal Takht jathedar should stop the movie, or it would be too late and difficult to undo the damage done to the Sikh ethos and tenets,” said Kanwar.
The delegation urged the jathedar to issue a stern warning to all artistes and filmmakers that no movie with the guru in a human form would be tolerated.
Briefing the media, Kanwar said, “We are here to convey our resentment to the jathedar as to why he went quietly to the producer’s house in Delhi to watch the movie, approved it and later kept quiet.”
“We have come to know that not only the jathedar, but 22 Sikh religious leaders, including the SGPC members and Baba Harnam Singh, had seen the film, but except Baba Harnam Singh everyone kept quiet about the human portrayal of the guru in the film,” Kanwar said.
The letter submitted by the Damdami Taksal said the Sikh tenets had been challenged by a member of the Sikh faith.
In a statement, Baba Harnam Singh said he, along with the Akal Takht jathedar and others, had seen the trailer of the film at the producer’s house. He clarified that he had disapproved of the film and had conveyed it to the jathedar.
The delegation asked the jathedar to direct the SGPC to take up the matter with the appropriate authorities and stop the release of the film.
The jathedar told the delegation, “I have seen the film and have already told the maker to remove the objectionable content before releasing it.”