SC clears screening of movie on Guru Nanak but producers not to show it in Punjab

Team SoOLEGAL 11 Apr 2018 8:30pm

SC clears screening of movie on Guru Nanak but producers not to show it in Punjab

New Delhi: The Supreme Court bench  comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud while listening to petition filed by makers of  the film “Nanak Shah Fakir”  ordered the concerned authorities to ensure that the film is released across country on April 13,Baisakhi.The court asked the Centre, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) and all state governments to see that film is run in theatre's without disturbance.

Advocating the right to artistic freedom, the court said that no group has the right to assume the role of CBFC. If a movie has been cleared by CBFC, it is to be considered that it has the necessary legal sanction and no group should try and undermine this process.It criticised SGPC for trying to stop the screening of the film.

Incidentally SGPC in the beginning was in favour of the movie but when few Sikh groups opposed it, the SGPC turned against the movie and asked for a ban.

Basically the objection is on screen depiction of Guru Nanak as depiction of Sikh Guru's or their family members on screen is considered against the tenets of Sikhism.

However film makers have submitted in the SC that “looking at the sensitivity of the issue and the public sentiment involved,” they had decided “not to release the film in the state of Punjab for the time being”.

Speaking on the controversy Punjab CM, Mr Amarinder Singh said that movie is not being shown in Punjab,and therefore banning it makes no sense. He said where we are all for artistic freedom ,it should not become an excuse to hurt somebody's religious feelings.

Tagged: CBFC   SGPC   SC   Punjab Government  
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