The film “Nanak Shah Fakir” which is set to release in mid April is a story about Guru Nanak Dev Ji “through Bhai Mardana’s eyes” is what the producer as continuously said.
A person who was on the sets of “Nanak Shah Fakir” has put allegations against the film and said, “a human played Guru Nanak’s Role in the film and not an animation.” The person who doesn’t want his identity known said, ” A person played Guru Ji’s role and the team only put a special effect on the human to make it appear like an animation with use of light but I personally saw who played the role. People in the industry know there was no use of animation only special effect.” The person has been in talks with people within the Punjabi film industry who are unhappy of the portrayal of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the film.
The SGPC has said, “all efforts will be made to stop the release of the film” as internal sources within the SGPC know that Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s role was played by a person.
The film was independently made by Harinder Sikka without any prior permission from the SGPC. Unlike Harry Baweja who visited SGPC about 80 times for “Char Sahibzaade”, Sikka made the film without approvals from the SGPC.
Producer and writer of the story Harinder Sikka maintained in all of his interviews that an animation was used for the film but a source has revealed otherwise. The person who wants to remain anonymous says he was on the sets in Leh/Ladakh while the shooting of the film took place and a man who lives in Mumbai (who he didn’t want to name due to security reasons) played Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s role.
The topic of making films on Sikh gurus is very delicate because very deep sentiments are tied to the Sikh Gurus and their teachings. The common opinion against making films on Sikh gurus is that once someone plays Guru Nanak’s role others will make films which can have negative impacts. It is impossible for any human to play Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s role as he was the perfect Guru and no one can be perfect enough to portray Guru Sahib.
However, many people in the Sikh community feel that to teach others about the faith a film can spread more awareness then writings as films have a bigger audience. The problem arises when a role isn’t portrayed accurately and those who are ignorant about the faith start to criticize the film and develop negative opinions on the faith. This contributes to a downward spiral of effects which can hurt the faith in the long run as people don’t remember what the truth of the faith is rather what they saw in a movie.
It is for the audience and the Sikh Sangat to decide what is wrong and what is not and opinions from all sides should be considered.