Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Row over 'Nanak Shah Fakir': Dr. Roop Singh apologize for endorsing movie

Row over 'Nanak Shah Fakir': Dr. Roop Singh apologize for endorsing movie

SGPC, DSGMC institutes to remain closed today Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) have chose to keep all of their institutions closed on Friday in protest against release of the controversial movie 'Nanak Shah Fakir.' In a release issued in Amritsar on Thursday, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said the committee had filed a writ petition urging to impose a ban on release of the movie in the Supreme Court.

A bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwikar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud told that the Censor Board does not need the permission for releasing a film from SGPC, a religious body, and no one can object the release of the movie without taking recourse to lawful means. However, the plea of urgent hearing of the case by the Sikh bodies was rejected by the respective courts, but listed the matter for the next week.

The petition claimed the movie had portrayed the family members of Guru Nanak through actors that it said was against the principles of Sikh religion.

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The Government of Punjab has decided against allowing the release of the film.

The Delhi High Court today refused to stay the release of the movie 'Nanak Shah Fakir', scheduled to hit the theatres from tomorrow, saying the petition was motivated after the Supreme Court refused to grant any relief. In court, Sikka maintained that the changes were made, and were accepted by the CBFC as well.

It also said that outsiders can not control freedom of expression of an artist.

The bench again refused to consider the SGPC submission and said the plea would be heard on April 16.

The film's trailer shows no depiction of the Sikh guru, except in the form of light.

The movie is based on the life of the first Sikh master, Guru Nanak.

He said the clergy had also directed Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to immediately send its delegation to meet Union home minister Rajnath Singh to apprise him of the Sikh religious sentiments due to the "highly objectionable movie" and ask him to impose an immediate ban on its release. It had said that after the CBFC certification, no group, body, association or individual can create any kind of disturbance in the exhibition of the film.

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