Giving a boost to Punjabi cinema, Bathinda-based Amardeep Singh Gill’s short movie ‘Khoon’ will be premiered at Punjabi International Film Festival, Toronto on May 17. A renowned lyricist of Punjab, Gill has directed two short films namely ‘Sutta Naag’ and ‘Khoon’. He is currently busy working on a Punjabi feature film as well.
Talking about ‘Khoon’, Gill said that it was a short movie based on famous Punjabi writer Gurbachan Singh Bhullar’s short story. It has been produced jointly by Takhat Hazara Films and Midnight Sun Pictures. This movie was shot at rural locations of Bathinda including Lehri, Mainuana, Mirzeana and Kalal wala village.” He further added the movie would depict the state in the time period between1964 and 65. Artists Harsharn Singh, Kul Sidhu, Sukhi Ball, Ajay Jethi, Bharti Dutt and Kewal Bansal are a part of the 35-minute-long film.
A literati himself, the director’s earlier short movie ‘Sutta Naag’ was also premiered at the IFFSA, PIFF in 2013. He said, “Making a film with a literary background is a difficult task, but if we want to represent literary art to people, we should not fear touching upon this theme as well.”
Understanding the powerful value of cinema, Gill believes onc present many forms of art through films.Commenting on the changing pattern of the Punjabi film industry, Gill said, “If you want to make a masala film...you’ll find enough and more people to work with. But, on the contrary, it is very difficult to find people finance a realistic project. It is equally hard to convince artists to do quality-driven realistic cinema.”
A son’s tribute to his father
“Becoming a filmmaker was a childhood dream for me. Hindi film Sholay was my biggest inspiration. Besides, I ensured that I read a lot from a young age itself, which, in turn, helped shape my scripts. My father (late Surjit Singh Gill) gifted me various books even then and well ‘Khoon’ and ‘Sutta Naag’ were actually, his favourite stories,” said Amardeep Singh Gill.