BY ANUJ RADIA
Akshay Kumar has been on a roll especially post the successes of his last two films Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Pad Man. In fact, both of these movies have educated as well as entertained the audience.
Recently, the Khiladi Kumar, launched the trailer and unveiled the trailer of Nanak Shah Fakir alongside Oscar-winner Resul Pookutty, producers of the film Harinder Sikka & Samar Sikka and members of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).
Nanak Shah Fakir spreads the message of ‘Ik Onkar’ (there’s but One God) and Akshay Kumar shared his view on the belief and commended the producers of the film. He said:
“This film is close to my heart as it shows the teachings of Guru Saheb. Seeing the basic premise of the film why wouldn’t I back it? I always say there is only one god you should follow, whom you believe in.”
Appreciated at prestigious international film festivals like Cannes, Sikh Film Festival (Toronto) and Sikhlens Film Festival (California), Nanak Shah Fakir has beautifully portrayed the teachings of the revered founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Devji.
However, despite the positive and spiritual message which the film encompasses, the movie faced a lot of retaliation by the Sikh community when it was being made.
Akshay faced a similar situation due to the Padmaavat controversy, which as a result, he shifted the release date of Pad Man. When queried on whether freedom of speech and creativity is at stake today, the 50-year-old actor responded:
“I don’t think creativity is at stake, really. People have to understand that. At times what happens is we don’t make a film up to the mark and we get suggestions from people. Here also we got some suggestions and we accepted them, and now the film is looking better.”
Produced by Harinder Sikka of Gurbani Media Pvt. Ltd., the film releases on 13th April 2018 and will be distributed by Viacom18 Motion Pictures.