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The Punjab government on Tuesday 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.
The film has run into controversy with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh opposing the release of the film that depicts the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, in a human form.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued an order directing states to ensure a smooth release for the film that is based on the first Sikh guru. Directing state governments to ensure law and order, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said the freedom of expression of an artiste can’t be curtailed by a group of private people.