Punjab

Akal Takht sets up Sikh Sensor Board for movies on Sikhs or Sikhism, prior approval made ‘mandatory’

 The move comes in the wake of release of Harinder Singh Sikka’s controversial film Nanak Shah Fakir.

The Hush Post: The highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, the Akal Takht, has set up a ‘Sikh Sensor Board’ to check ‘distortion of facts pertaining to Sikh Gurus and Sikh history in movies’. The Akal Takht has made it “mandatory” for filmmakers now to seek the board’s prior approval before making a movie or a documentary related to Sikhs and their religion.

The move comes in the wake of release of Harinder Singh Sikka’s controversial film Nanak Shah Fakir.  The movie, based on the life and teachings of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev, had created a furore amongst various Sikh religious bodies, including the SGPC, which had sought a ban on the movie. The Supreme Court, however, had cleared the decks for an all-India release of the film in April while refusing to accept the plea of the SGPC seeking a ban on it.

According to Scroll.in, Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh said in a statement released on Tuesday that it had been made “mandatory” for every filmmaker to seek the board’s approval before embarking on movies about the Sikh religion and Sikh heritage, whether in the live action or animation format.

The 21-member board includes Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, members of the SGPC and the Delhi Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, and academicians from Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana and Punjabi University Patiala, reported The Wire.

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