As the Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for release of film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’, the decks the pretty much cleared for the release on April 13.
The top court said that once the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) grants certificate, there is no reason to further obstruct the film.
But in an interesting twist, the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in a statement said that the government will not intervene in the issue.
This is sharp contrast to the filmmakers’ decision not to release the movie in the state.
The whole controversy is said to be because of the Akal Takht deciding to impose a complete ban on the movie.
The Sikh organizations have been protesting against the portrayal of Guru Nanak in the movie and have resolved that any depiction of a Sikh Guru or his family members in living form was against the tenets of the Sikh religion.
It is this opposition that forced the filmmakers to decide against the release of the film in Punjab for the time being.
The court criticized Sikh bodies for objecting to the movie even after the CBFC had granted the certificate.>