Nanak Shah Fakir – First Movie on the life of Guru Nanak


In keeping the essence of big screen movies based on Sikh History, A new movie based on the life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj is set to release soon.

Titled as Nanak Shah Fakir, the film stars Arif Zakaria, Ms. Puneet Sikka, Adil Hussain, Ms. Shraddha Kaul, Anurag Arora, Narendra Jha and Govind Pandey in pivotal roles. Produced by Harinder Sikka, music of the movie is given by Uttam Singh.

According to reports available, Guru Nanak Dev ji has been portrayed through computer graphics, from the back and amidst a ray of light. Music plays the most prominent role as Gurbani of Guru Nanak Dev ji have been used in most places as Shabad instead of dialogues. The beauty is that the musical instruments used during recordings were similar to those used in 1400-1500 A.D.  ”

The sound is designed by Resul Pookutty (Oscar winner) while Tuomas Kantelinen (of Hollywood fame) worked tirelessly to produce mesmerising score. AR Rahman (two-times Oscar winner) stood rock-solid as guide, score mentor and the ‘Presenter’. Uttam Singh composed the soulful music, while shabads have been sung by legendary Padma awardees, Pt. Jasraj and Bhai Nirmal Singh.

The film has been appreciated by critics for its all-round production value, cinematography and historic content at the Cannes in May 2014, at the Sikh Film Festival at Toronto in Oct 2014 and at the Sikhlens Film Festival at Chapman University, California in Nov 2014.

According to a press release note by Film producer Harinder Sikka, the purpose of the film is to take forward Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s message which is also an urgent need of the hour, given that vested interests and fanaticism of a few is deflating the spirit of the whole of humanity.