Apex Court of India has directed the states to ensure a smooth release of "Nanak Shah Fakir", a film on the first Sikh guru which is set to release in India and abroad on April 13. Directing state governments to ensure law and order, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said the freedom of expression of an artiste can't be curtailed by a group of private people. The court said; "Once the CBFC grants the certificate, there can't be any kind of impediment for the exhibition of the film. It is well settled that once CBFC grants a certificate, it is final. Once the certificate is granted (by CBFC), unless it is nullified by a superior authority, the producer has every right to exhibit the film in movie halls. Any obstruction has the potential to bring anarchy and cripple the right of freedom of expression". On Monday, with a section of the Sikhs opposing "Nanak Shah Fakir" for its portrayal of the Sikh Gurus as living human beings, the Akal Takht announced a ban on its release. Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh had told the media in Amritsar;"We have imposed a ban on the controversial movie... The film cannot be released (on April 13)". The Akal Takht is the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion. It will not be wrong to say that the religious sentiments of the community had been hurt over the portrayal of the Sikh masters. This is one of the reasons the movie which was earlier to be released in 2015, had to observe the long pause over the controversy. The apex Sikh court, the Akal Takht Sahib has also decided to constitute a Sikh Censor Board on the matter. In future, filmmakers will be required to seek the approval of the said board before starting a movie project in which Sikh religion or Sikhs were to be portrayed or highlighted in any manner, Akal Takht Jathedar said. The Punjab government has also further decided not to screen controversial film Nanak Shah Fakir in the state. Gurkirat Kirpal, the special principal secretary to chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh, confirmed the development on Tuesday afternoon. The decision came hours after the Supreme Court cleared the release of the film on April 13 and asked the state governments to ensure a smooth release.
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