After a few Bollywood films ran into trouble with a section of the Sikhs over the depiction of the community, the Akal Takht on Tuesday announced the setting up of a 'Sikh Censor Board'. The board will have 21 members, including Sikh clergy and experts. Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar (chief) of the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, told the media in Amritsar that the board will review movies with content related to the Sikh community and its religious affairs. He said the censor board will ensure that there is no distortion of the Sikh religious affairs and the community is not shown in poor light. Makers of Bollywood film "Nanak Shah Fakir" had run into trouble with the community, after which the Akal Takht banned the film and later even excommunicated its producer Harinder Singh Sikka from the community.
The members of the board are Giani Harpreet Singh, jathedar, Takht Damdama Sahib; Giani Maan Singh, granthi, Harmandar Sahib; Bhagwant Singh Sialka, executive member, SGPC; Hardeep Singh Mohali, member, SGPC; Bibi Kiranjot Kaur, member, SGPC; Balwinder Singh Jaurasingha, secretary (dharam parchar), SGPC; Paramjit Singh, chairman (dharam parchar), DSGMC; Giani Parminder Singh, representative, Damdami Taksal; Giani Jasbir Singh Rode, former jathedar, Akal Takht; Giani Resham Singh, representative, Budha Dal (Nihang sect); Baba Nagar Singh Chabewal, representative, Tarna Dal (Nihang sect); Partap Singh, representative, Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle; Pritpal Singh, president, Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib, Ludhiana; Balkar Singh, Sikh scholar, Patiala; Inderjit Singh Gogoani, GNDU, Amritsar; Prof Amarjit Singh, GNDU, Amritsar; Gurmeet Singh Sidhu, Punjabi University, Patiala; Prof Sarabjit Singh, PAU, Ludhiana; Sarabjinder Singh, Sikh scholar, Ludhiana; Harpal Singh Pannu, Sikh scholar, Patiala and Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, member, SGPC.