A humanitarian touch a new trend in Punjabi cinema

  • Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 22, 2015 13:58 IST

With recent films like Punjab 1984, Chaar Sahibzaade, the Punjabi film industry has evoked great interest among the public regarding historical narratives.

Harjit Singh’s next, “Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe”, based on the life of Bhagat Puran Singh, is another one to watch out for in this category. Set to hit the theatres on January 30, the film is produced by the All India Pingalwara Society. Director Harjit Singh shared, “Based on the life of ‘Bhagat Puran Singh’ who committed his life to serving humanity and preserving the environment, ‘Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe’ is an important chapter in the history of post – partition Punjab. A varied approach to meaningful events would carry great appeal and emotionally connect with the audience.”

The music launch of the humanitarian post-partition narrative held at Hotel Park Plaza, Sector 17, on January 20 was a star-studded occasion. The movie’s lead actor Pawan Raj Malhotra, singer Sukhwinder Singh (inset), Pollywood director Anurag Singh, singer and actor Garry Sandhu, Ranjit Bawa and Ammy Virk, music directors Gurmoh and Vicky Bhoi unveiled the music album of the much-awaited film.The unveiling was even more special as it also marked the launch of White Hill Music, the music label of renowned Punjabi production house White Hill Productions spearheaded by Gunbir Singh Sidhu and Manmord Sidhu. “We are really excited to launch our music label as we felt the need to foray into this sphere as well and are sure that music lovers will get a soulful treat with this album which has nine tracks that are sure to become a rage,” informed Sidhu, who is also the distributor of this film.

President of the Pinglewada Charitable Trust Bibi Inderjit Kaur who was also present at the music launch shared how there was a need to make people aware of heroes like Bhagat Puran Singh. The album begins with a religious track in which singer Sukhwinder Singh makes everyone sway to his melodious voice. Sukhwinder said, “Recording for the gurbani for this film was like a meditation session in itself. I felt so relaxed and peaceful and this film will have a similar impact on its viewers as well.”

Meanwhile, Pawan Raj Malhotra who plays Puran Singh’s character in the film said the experience of shooting in Pingalwara really touched him. He revealed how he considered himself unsuitable for the role at first, but he was glad that he took up the challenge.

“It was a huge responsibility to depict Bhagat Puran Singh’s selfless deeds. Such a personality is born only after a gap of 100-200 years. A self-taught man, Puran Singh never got married and spent his life serving people. There is a lot that I learnt while shooting for this film, so I think it’s a movie for all generations. The film is sure to draw the crowds for its honesty, sincerity, brilliant performances, music and a story that needs to be told.

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