Modified Version of ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ to be Released in Cinemas

The producers of film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ will release a modified version of the film to audiences in the near future.

Makers of the controversial film “Nanak Shah Fakir” — which was taken off theatres after protests from Sikh groups — on Tuesday said it would be re-released after proper alterations in the script.

The film, based on the life and teachings of the first Sikh master Guru Nanak, was withdrawn from cinema halls across the country in April.

“On Akal Takht’s directions, I’ve modified certain portions of the film. There are some technical issues which need to be sorted out and after that the film would be re-released,” said its producer Harinder Sikka.

“The film will be first released in Punjabi and Hindi and then other languages. More than two million followers on Facebook are eagerly waiting for us to release the film,” he added.

Sikka said the film was selected and screened at the International Film Festival in Goa and got a lot of appreciation.

AK Bir, the multiple National award-winning director-cinematographer from Odisha, who has shot the film, said in the new version of the film they have used extensive VFX.

“The religious groups raised sensitive points. I feel ultimately a film survives on the support it gets from the audience. That was the challenge. We had to rework the script and it took many months to work it out. Other things have been taken care of by the VFX. The whole film is literally put through VFX,” he added.

The music of the film has been composed by Oscar and Grammy winner A R Rahman.

Originally published by the Hindustan Times on November 26, 2015

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