Akal Takht imposes complete ban on ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’

Giani Gurbachan Singh said he would soon announce formation of a Sikh Censor Board

AMRITSAR: While directing the Sikh Sangat to peacefully protest against the controversial movie ‘Nanak Shah Fakir,’ Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Monday imposed a complete ban on the film.

The Jathedar said in wake of unending controversies over movies made on Sikh religion or showing a Sikh character he would soon announce formation of a Sikh Censor Board, which would include representatives from the SGPC, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), Sikh institutes, sects, Sant Samaj and filmmakers.

“Anyone making a movie on Sikhs would have to get the script approved from the board,” the Jathedar said, adding that Akal Takht would give a go ahead to the movie only after recommendation by the board.

The Jathedar had earlier on January 22, 2015 hailed the efforts of its producer Harinder Singh Sikka for making a film on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev.

The movie is scheduled to release on April 13. “The Akal Takht has imposed a complete ban on ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ and this movie can’t be released. Sangat should stage a peaceful protest against the movie,” said the Jathedar on Monday, adding that all the communiqué made by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) with respect to the film had been cancelled.

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal had earlier sought intervention of the Prime Minister for stopping the release of the movie.