Film on Sikh Guru not to be screened in Punjab.

Film on Sikh Guru not to be screened in Punjab.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said his government will not intervene on the issue of the movie Nanak Shah Fakir in view of the film-makers' reported decision not to release the movie in the state.

"Any decision to ban the movie had become unnecessary in view of the film-makers' decision against releasing it in Punjab", he said.

The makers of the film, in their petition before the Supreme Court, had clearly stated that "looking at the sensitivity of the issue and the public sentiment involved", they had decided "not to release the film in the state of Punjab for the time being".

The chief minister said no action was required on the part of the state government in the matter at present.

The government would review the situation and take an appropriate decision if the same becomes necessary in the future, he added.

The Akal Takht, the supreme temporal seat of Sikhism, has decided to ban the movie amid protests by several Sikh organisations, who had objected to the portrayal of Guru Nanak, saying any on-screen depiction of a Sikh Guru or his family members was against the tenets of Sikh religion.

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