Noted filmmaker Shyam Benegal has made a documentary on the history of Punjab beginning from the founding of the Sikh empire by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 19th century.
The film will be a regular fixture at a museum being set up at Kartarpur, near Jalandhar, in memory of freedom fighters, especially Punjabis, who fought for the country’s independence. Benegal told Hindustan Times that Ranjit Singh’s role hadn’t been enacted in the film, but the legendary ruler figured in the celluloid narrative in other forms.
But there are over a hundred actors playing roles of other key figures such as Bhagat Singh and Udham Singh. The documentary sponsored by the Punjab government will start playing at the museum expected to be inaugurated by October-November.
The museum being set up en route Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar is in the vicinity of Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala. It is expected to draw pilgrims and visitors from within the country and abroad.
The facility is being designed by well-known firm of architects, Raj Rewal Associates, who specialise in geometric designs, said Akali Dal Rajya Sabha member Naresh Gujral. The milestone buildings Raj Rewal conceptualised in the past include the Parliament House Library and exhibition pavilions at Pragati Maidan.
The Akali Dal-BJP government in Punjab has also built a museum of Sikh history at Anandpur Sahab. It was opened to visitors a couple of years ago.
The political significance of the Kartarpur project is hard to miss as it will be showcased closer to the 2017 Assembly polls.