April 21, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar/ Chandigarh: Makers of the controversial movie Nanak Shah Fakir have reportedly withdrawn their movie. Harinder Sikka, who arrogantly released his movie on April 17 ignoring all appeals and warnings to withdraw the movie, said that the the film was withdrawn for the time being after directions from Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.
The news in this regard was aired by PTC News channel which showed a bite of Harinder Sikka and Giani Gurbachan Singh.
Talking to a correspondent of Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) Sikka confirmed the withdrawal of the movie from today onwards. He said that he received a call from Akal Takhat jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh who directed him to withdraw the film for the time-being and remove objectionable scenes from the movie before re-releasing it.
SSN correspondent tried to reach out Giani Gurbachan Singh for his comments but he was busy in some meeting.
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It is notable that Harinder Sikka’s movie was banned by Punjab government and Chandigarh administration before it’s release. While the movie faced strong protests and opposition from the Sikh community, including diaspora sections, after it’s release.
Though Harinder Sikka maintains that his decision to withdraw the film came after directions from Giani Gurbachan Singh
The movie was dropped by various Cinemas in UK after strong opposition from the UK Sikh community. It is pertinent to note that UK was the only country in Europe where the movie was being screened and there were no screenings of the controversial film in rest of the Europe.
The movie was dropped by it’s distributer in Canada. The makers of the movie were able to secure screening in Toronto by making some arrangement after the Canadian distributor refuse to release the movie in Canada.
Similarly, the there were no screening of the movie in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia. The screening of the movie had triggered massive protests in Delhi.
Sikka tries to save face and skin by withdrawing the movie: Dal Khalsa
Announcing the withdrawal of the movie and surrendering before the Sikh Nation, the producer Harinder Singh Sikka has tried to save face and skin.
Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said wisdom has dawned on the film-maker though a little too late. He will have to repent and pay for hurting the sentiments of the Sikhs and not listening to umteen calls of reason. “This is also a slap on the sleeping government of India and the film censor board that cleared the movie ignoring the blasphemous features of the said movie”.
It’s victory of the Sikhs, Jathedar should take firm stand: USM
“The commercial failure of the film and strong opposition of the movie from global Sikh community seems to be real reason behind Harinder Sikka’s decision to withdraw the movie because how he suddenly became to faithful to the Akal Takhat when he had released the movie despite opposition by the SGPC, DSGMC and Akal Takhat Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh” said Harminder Singh of United Sikh Mission, who were opposing the movie in Delhi.
He termed the withdrawal as victory of the Sikh nation and urged Akal Takhat Jathedar to take clear and firm stand against attempts to portray or personify Sikh Gurus.
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