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Nanak Shah Fakir (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 April 2018 (India)
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Nanak Shah Fakir is a biographical film on the life and teachings of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak Dev.
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Credited cast:
Arif Zakaria ... Bhai Mardana
Puneet Sikka Puneet Sikka ... Bebe Nanaki
Adil Hussain ... Rai Bullar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anurag Arora Anurag Arora ... Kalu Mehta
Shradha Kaul ... Guru Nanak' mother
Mrigendra Konwar Mrigendra Konwar ... Prince of Jagannath


Nanak Shah Fakir, the film has been a meditation of each waking day that began as a dream I saw one particular night. The film is named on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak. Born in 1469 A.D. Guru Nanak traveled the world to spread the essence of 'Ik Onkar' (there's but One God) as a way of life. The film, follows the great saint on an epic journey across the globe, spreading the Lord's message of equality, peace and 'Ik Onkar'. It's a first-of-its-kind film in about 600 years of Sikh history, and has been depicted through the voice of his friend, companion and disciple 'Bhai Mardana'. Guru Nanak was referred to as 'Shah' by the Muslims and 'Fakir' by the Hindus, the highest honor given in both religions and hence came to be known as 'Nanak Shah Fakir'. - Harinder S. Sikka Producer Written by Samar Sikka

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A biopic from a reverent viewpoint
21 May 2015 | by rsshergillSee all my reviews

It is too bad that some religious sensitivities in India have kept this film from wide circulation so far. Guru Nanak is not very well understood outside the Sikhs themselves and northern India. The producer of this film has made a remarkable effort to create a film of high technical standards to address this.

The film is essentially a straight line biography. Guru Nanak's image is created through CGI, but all other characters are played live by actors. The sets, costumes and locations are well done. Cinematography is of high caliber. The music is perhaps the best aspect of this film.

The story line is essentially a string of parables - almost all of which are well known to any Sikh but would be instructive to anyone new to this topic. In my view, even though it's a biography and we all know how it is going to end, certain point of conflict and thus a climax could have been created to make the story more interesting to the broader audience. Perhaps in a future rendition.

But this can be understood by considering that the makers of this film treated the subject very carefully and in a reverent manner. Apparently to placate the sensitivities of the devout, and yet, ironically, the film has been mired in controversy in India regardless. It's a shame really as the film actually serves a very good purpose in my view.

Highly recommended.

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