Nanak Shah Fakir, an award-winning film based on the life of founder Guru of Sikhism, Sri Guru Nanak Dev has finally got a release date. The film will hit the theatres this Baisakhi, on April 13. The film has won appreciation at several international festivals and even won a National Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration, had been looking for release since 2015. The film has been embroiled in the controversies right from the day its trailer was launched. Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) had seeked 'immediate ban' on the release in April 2015, saying that the 'depiction of Guru Nanak and his family hurts the tenets of Sikhism'. Producer of the film, Harinder Sikka of Gaurbani media, in an official statement, said
"The film follows Guru Nanak Devji’s journey across the globe, spreading the message of ‘Ik Onkar’ (there’s but one God), equality of all religions, castes and gender."The statement further read,
"'Nanak Shah Fakir’ is not just an epic film about the amazing journey of Guru Nanak Devji but calling to a better way of life that we want the audiences to experience. The film is a representation of Guruji’s teachings that hold great relevance even today."According to SGPC's statement in 2015, the committee had condemned the film on the grounds that it had humans playing the roles of Sikh Guru and his family members, which was against the Sikh beliefs and tenets. The film is now modified according to the demands and indications of the committee officials. Guru Nanak has been carved out using computer graphics and the film boasts of several prominent Bollywood and international fame people attached to the project. The film's music is given by Uttam Singh, along with AR Rahman, Resul Pookutty and Gulzar, the Academy Award winning trio. The songs in the film have been sung by Pandit Jasraj and Bhai Nirmal Singh, the classical maestros of India. Nanak Shah Fakir's original score is composed by globally renowned Tuomas Kantelinen. The film will be distributed across India by the Viacom18 Motion Pictures, the banner under which the famous Milkha Singh biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was released.