SC clears deck, Nanak Shah Fakir to hit theatres today

SC clears deck, Nanak Shah Fakir to hit theatres today

SGPC, DSGMC institutes to remain closed today Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) have made a decision to keep all of their institutions closed on Friday in protest against release of the controversial movie 'Nanak Shah Fakir.' In a release issued in Amritsar on Thursday, SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal said the committee had filed a writ petition urging to impose a ban on release of the movie in the Supreme Court.

DNA India reports that the court bench did not agree to the submission of Satender Singh Gulati, counsel for SGPC, who wanted their plea to be heard on Thursday or Friday, prior to the film's release on Friday.

The court, however, issued notice to the film producer, the Central Board of Film Certification and the Centre and listed the matter for May 22.

Keep it with for more. The court will take up the matter on 16 April.

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The Cinematograph (Certification) Rules 1983 says that under sec.11 that it specifically imposes a duty on the Board to assess public reaction to films, which can be by holding symposia or seminars of film critics, film writers, community leaders and persons engaged in the film industry and also by undertaking local or national survey to study the impact of the film on the mind of the viewers.

Two Sikh bodies made unsuccessful attempts in the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court to stall the release of the movie "Nanak Shah Fakir", which would hit theaters across the nation today. It also said that outsiders can not control the freedom of expression of an artiste. The apex court was also told that till date - in the last 550 years - no one has depicted the role of the 10 Sikh Gurus. The bench also asked all states to maintain law and order to ensure that the film is released without trouble.

It had said after the certification from CBFC, no group, body, association or individuals can create any kind of disturbance in exhibition of the film.

Amritsar: The Sikh clerics have excommunicated Harinder Singh Sikka, producer of controversial movie 'Nanak Shah Fakir, ' from the Panth on Thursday, a day ahead of the release of the film.

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