Nanak Shah Fakir

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Nanak Shah Fakir
Written byAmrit Basra
Produced byHarinder Sikka
Resul Pookutty
Music byUttam Singh
Distributed byViacom 18 Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 17 April 2015 (2015-04-17)
Running time
144 minutes

Nanak Shah Fakir is a 2015 Indian Punjabi-language biographical film based on the life of Guru Nanak, and produced by Gurbani Media Pvt. Ltd. It was theatrically released on 17 April 2015.

It won the awards for Best Feature Film on National Integration, Best Costume Design and Best Make-up Artist at the 63rd National Film Awards.

The film was mired in controversies with protests from Sikh groups asking for a ban on the film as it was claimed to depict Sikh figures through actors, which they said violated Sikh tenets.



Original score by Tuomas Kantelinen, with music by Uttam Singh and sound design by Resul Pookutty.

Nanak Shah Fakir (Original score Mentor) – A.R. Rahman
1."Sat Guru Nanak"Bhai GurdasjiPt.Jasraj 
2."Daya Kapah"Guru Nanak Dev jiPuneet Sikka 
3."Hak Paraya"Guru Nanak Dev jiBhai Nirmal Singh 
4."Maas Maas"Guru Nanak Dev jiBhai Nirmal Singh 
5."Gagan Mein Thaal"Guru Nanak Dev jiBhai Nirmal Singh 
6."Allah Alakh"Guru Nanak Dev jiBhai Nirmal Singh 
7."Jaise Mai Aavai"Guru Nanak Dev jiBhai Nirmal Singh 
8."Khurasan"Guru Nanak Dev jiBhai Nirmal Singh 
9."Nanak Aaya"Bhai GurdasjiPt.Jasraj 
10."Nanak Aaya"Bhai GurdasjiSonu Nigam, Kailash Kher, Roop Kumar Rathod, Uttam Singh, Pt.Jasraj, Jiya Wadekar, Tej Boodardekar, Puneet Sikka 
11."Waheguru"Bhai GurdasjiChours 
12."Waheguru"Bhai GurdasjiChours 
Total length:44:15


The supreme Sikh body, Akal Takht announced a ban on the film, as it was claimed to depict Guru Nanak and other prominent Sikh figures (Bebe Nanaki, Bhai Mardana) through human actors, which it said violated Sikh tenets.[1][clarification needed] A related resolution adopted by the SGPC in 2003 had prohibited human actors from playing the roles of Sikh Gurus or their family members.[2][clarification needed]

The Government of Punjab decided against allowing the release of the film. The film producers Resul Pookutty and Gurbani Media also appealed to the Supreme Court of India to allow for the release of the film. The Supreme court cleared the film for release, citing the certification provided by India's Central Board for Film Certification.[3][4]


National Film Award


  1. ^ "SC, Delhi HC refuses to stall screening of 'Nanak Shah Fakir'". 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Sartaj Singh Pannu vs Gurbani Media Pvt Ltd & Anr". New Delhi: High Court of Delhi. 22 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Nanak Shah Fakir won't be screened in Punjab: State govt after SC clears release". 10 April 2018.
  4. ^ "No need to intervene as makers defer plans of 'Nanak Shah Fakir' release: CM". 11 April 2018.

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