March 29, 2016 | By Parmjeet Singh
Chandigarh: Controversial movie “Nanak Shah Fakir” was awarded “Nargis Dutt Award for the Best Feature Film on National Integration” in India’s 63rd National Film Awards announced in Delhi on March 28, 2016.
The controversial movie by Harinder Sikka was an attempt to portray first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Ji against the basic tenets of the Sikh religion which strictly prohibits any such portrayal of Sikh Gurus.
The producer had released this film in April 2015 inspite of strong opposition from the global Sikh community but this led to wider outrage against the movie and the producer had to withdraw the film from cinemas globally in wake of protests and low viewer turnout.
The category (Film on National Integration) under which this controversial movie is awarded also needs attention. Its a matter of concern that the Indian state sees (so-called) “National Integration” out of an act which violates basic tenets of the Sikh religion and hurts the feelings of the Sikh nation.