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SGPC chief Makkar writes to PM, Jaitley to impose ban on movie 'Nanak Shah Fakir'

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has urged the Union government to ban the release and screening of “Nanak Shah Fakir” as it violates Sikh tenets and norms by portraying Guru Nanak and his family in human form.

punjab Updated: Apr 10, 2015 21:35 IST
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The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has urged the Union government to ban the release and screening of “Nanak Shah Fakir” as it violates Sikh tenets and norms by portraying Guru Nanak and his family in human form.



In a communiqué to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a copy to information and broadcasting (I&B) minister Arun Jaitley, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar urged the two leaders to ensure that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) does not release the movie. In the communiqué, copies of which were released to the media on Friday, Makkar referred to the SGPC executive’s April 7 decision to ban the movie.



Produced by Harinder Sikka, “Nanak Shah Fakir” has courted controversy ever since its first screening at the Cannes film festival in May last year and then at Sikh Lens, Arts and Film Festival at California in November last year. The movie deals with the life and times of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak, and is scheduled to release on April 17.



In his communiqué, Makkar refuted the filmmaker’s claims that the Akal Takht and the SGPC had cleared the movie. “The SGPC has not cleared the film,” said Makkar.



“There is no question of giving clearance to the film as the roles of Guru Nanak and his elder sister Bebe Nanaki have been essayed by actors, which is prohibited. Our tenets say that human portrayal of Sikh gurus and their relatives or associates is strictly prohibited,” added Makkar.



The SGPC members who saw the movie advocated a ban on its release. If released, it can hurt Sikh sentiments, the communiqué added.



Makkar also referred to the SGPC’s demand of appointing two Sikh members in the CBFC. This will help the CBFC take right decision on films relating to Sikh religion and history, he added.



The SGPC executive at its meeting had advocated that the script of a Sikh 'dharmik' (religious) film must get prior clearance from the SGPC. Likewise, before the release, the movie should be shown to the SGPC for clearance.



Radical Sikhs protest


Radical Sikh youth organisations, including the Sikh Youth Punjab and activists of the Jatha Neeliyan Faujan, took to streets to protest against the release of “Nanak Shah Fakir”. Carrying placards and shouting slogans against the film producer, the protesters rode motorcycles from Cheharta to Darbar Sahib. The protesters said the film was against the fundamental beliefs of Sikhism and a clear violation of the monotheistic nature of the Sikh religion.