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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Sep 2014

Making Of ‘Punjab 1984’: Blood, Sweat And Tears

HT City Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 22, 2014
First Published: 21:03 IST(22/6/2014) | Last Updated: 21:12 IST(22/6/2014)

It is not uncommon to see film stars taking most of the credit for a film’s success, however, behind every such film lies a production crew that gives it their all to make the project a success.

Producer Gunbir Singh Sidhu of White Hill Basic Brothers’ Production says about his upcoming film ‘Punjab 1984’, “There’s something about taking yourself to the point of the sweet pain that signals you’ve given it everything. That is the point we strive to achieve while making our films and Punjab 1984 is one film for which each and every member of our team has given their sweat, blood and even tears.”

According to Gunbir, the film, which talks about the difficult time post then prime minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination, was not easy recreating. The sets had to depict life in the ‘80s. The production team had to hunt for appropriate locations. “To show the Punjab of those days, we needed to find kutcha houses, old buses, tongas, old police stations and open fields. It was difficult to say the least in today’s modernised Punjab. However, our hunt finally landed us in a village called Narli in Amritsar,” he says.

“Our volunteers will be visiting the villages of Punjab and Jammu to make people aware about the movie in a traditional style. We plan to cover 2,000 villages in this manner. Besides, an elite biker group of Delhi has volunteered to support the movie,” says Gunbir on the film’s unique promotional style.

The team of ‘Punjab 1984’ has also organised a ‘Love Your Mother’ contest. The standees have been placed at all major multiplexes. To participate, people can fill in the contest forms and drop them in the boxes provided. People can also participate online. For that they need to follow the official ‘Punjab 1984’ movie page or write in to mailpunjab1984@gmail.com.

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