Even as the makers of ‘Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe’ had the intent to showcase selfless service of Bhagat Puran Singh to the society, the movie has succeeded in inspiring hundreds of youngsters, who are making their way to Pingalwara to perform ‘seva’ (service).
The critically acclaimed movie, directed by Harjit Singh, was released on January 30. “The impact of the movie is such that everyday around 100 families visit Pingalwara, both at bus stand and Manawala,” stated Col Darshan Singh Bawa, administrator, All India Pingalwara Charitable Society.
“The film has raised philanthropic emotion among school and college students, who are making their way to Pingalwara for a reality check of what they had seen in the movie. Not only locals, but youngsters from other cities are also visiting here and offering ‘seva’ to the inmates,” said the administrator.
Bibi Dr Inderjit Kaur, president, All India Pingalwara Charitable Society, said: “The youngsters who visited Pingalwara after watching the movie said they were motivated by a dialogue, wherein Bhagatji says, ‘Pingalwara koi chiriagarh nai hai, jo tusi dekhan aoge, ana hai te seva karan ao (Pingalwara is not a zoo that you’ll come here to see things around, come if you want to serve them selflessly)”.
“We tried to portray small segment of Bhagatji’s life and his contribution to the humanity. However, we are immensely pleased to learn that we have succeeded in striking a right cord with the youngsters. I am happy that the youngsters visiting here consider Bhagatji as their role model,” she added referring to the impact of the movie.
Dr Kaur said the purpose behind the film was to make people learn and inculcate good values from Bhagatji’s life. “However, nowhere in the film, it is stated that seva should be confined just to Pingalwara,” she asserted.
“The best tribute that the youth can pay to Bhagatji is by performing seva to the people who are rejected by the society. Bhagatji taught people to love the mankind and other beings created by the God. The youth should also learn to love environment,” she added.
The film is so impressive that visitors’ footfall at Pingalwara to perform seva is increasing day by day. The visitors come from various cities of India and abroad.
Col Bawa said, “We will soon be drafting a list of people who want to be associated with us and provide service to around 1,700 inmates here. Basically, youngsters between 18 and 25 years of age have shown keen interest in seva, but they have time constraint because of their studies.
“We advise them to visit Pingalwara during lunch or dinner time to serve food to the inmates and spend time with them. It will bring a smile to their faces. They can also visit Pingalwara early in the morning and bathe them and help them get ready.”
Besides seva at Pingalwara, many youngsters are organising public screening of the movie at their own level in order popularise the vision of Bhagat Puran Singh.
Earlier, people come to Pingalwara to make donations, but after watching the movie, they spend some time with inmates. Another positive change that the film has brought is now many parents bring their children to Pingalwara on their birthday to celebrate with the inmates.
“We are sure that now even festivals will be celebrated here,” said Col Bawa.