Sikh scholar Sardar Ajmer Singh Randhawa explains why it’s wrong to make a film showing a Sikh Guru. He uses many examples and explains why it’s unacceptable to show a Sikh Guru in a 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 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.