Chandigarh, Apr 11: There is controversy over the film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’, which is set to be released across India on April 13. While Sikh groups have called for a ban on the film, the Supreme Court has cleared it for a nationwide release. A section of the Sikh community has opposed the film for its portrayal of the Sikh Gurus as living human beings. The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has reportedly decided to move the apex court seeking a review of the decision to clear the film.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has decided not to intervene on the issue after the film-makers’ reported decision not to release the movie in the state. Any decision to ban the movie had become unnecessary in view of the film-makers’ “decision” against releasing it in Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday. The government would review the situation and take an appropriate decision if the same becomes necessary in the future, he said, adding that any attempt to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the state would be dealt with an iron hand. The Chief Minister has called a meeting with DGPs and ADGPs to ensure law and order prevails in the state.

Akali Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, had on Monday decided to impose a complete ban on the film amid protests by several Sikh organisations, who had objected to the portrayal of Guru Nanak, saying any depiction of a Sikh Guru or his family members in living form was against the tenets of the Sikh religion. Projecting the Guru and his family as human beings was offensive to the principles of Sikhism, they said.

Following this, Harinder S Sikka, a retired Naval officer and the producer of the film, had approached the apex court, which cleared the film for a nationwide release on April 13, Baisakhi.

With inputs from agencies