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Filmmaker of 'Nanak Shah Fakir' decides not to release it in Punjab

Filmmaker of 'Nanak Shah Fakir' decides not to release it in Punjab

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed states to ensure that there was no opposition to the release of the film "Nanak Shah Fakir", which is set to release in India and overseas on April 13.

A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud issued notice to all states in the matter, while directing them to ensure that law and order is maintained.

"The filmmakers in their petition in the Supreme Court clearly said that looking at the sensitivity of the issue and public sentiments involved, they had decided not to release it film in Punjab for the time being", the spokesperson said.

Amarinder Singh also denied media reports that the Punjab government had ordered a ban on the film's release.

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The CM was of the view that while authors, film-makers etc had the creative freedom of expression, such freedom could not be allowed to violate the religious sensitivities of any community.

Sikka said he had got the approval of Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and SGPC at every stage before releasing the film.

The film was previously set to be released in 2015, but it was put on hold because of this controversy. The producer of the movie had alleged that the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the top Sikh body, had asked him not to release the movie, which is based on the life and teachings of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev, PTI reported. "In any case, such bodies, groups or individuals can not assume the position as if they are the authorities to grant certificate or unless they feel that the movie is to be released, it should not see the light of the day". "Only then the movie was cleared", he said. "The film can not be released".

Nanak Shah Fakir won't be screened in Punjab, State govt after SC clears release: On the last Tuesday, the Punjab government decided not to screen controversial movie Nanak Shah Fakir in the state.


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