The Hush Post: Paving the way for the release of controversial film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ on April 13, the Supreme Court said that states are duty bound to ensure the peaceful screening of the film.
Stating that no one can enforce a ban on a film, the Supreme Court said that the Akal Takht has not been given any constitutional rights to enforce a ban. Once the Central Board of Film Certification has cleared the release of the film, private groups can not cripple freedom of expression.
As per a report in The Quint, the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee (SGPC) and the Akal Takht had called for a ban on the release of the film, since the film portrays the first guru of the Sikhs in a living form. Giani Gurbachan Singh was noted saying, “It should not be released in any part of the world. SGPC has already taken back all the letters written for approval to the movie.”
“We will set up a censor board to clear such movies. Censor board will have Sikh scholars from different fields to study such movies. This censor board will first clear the script and only then production of the movie will start,” the Giani further said.
As per the DNA, producer Harinder Singh Sikka, sharing his viewpoint on Twitter, said “Now, it’s beyond my control to withdraw it. I fail to understand the compulsions under which the SGPC and Akal Takht changed their decisions. I have pumped in my life’s savings to make this film on a no-profit basis.”