Sunday, February 10, 2013: A big budget animation film is going to be made on the lives of the four sons of tenth Sikh Guru – Guru Gobind Singh. The movie, Chaar Sahibzaade – is going to be directed by Bollywood director Harry Baweja.
“A three-and-a-half minute trailer of the film, produced by Baweja’s wife and producer Pammi Baweja, was released before the media in Chandigarh on January 18. According to sources, the movie is worth between Rs 15 to Rs 20 crore — the highest ever for an animation film related to the Sikh religion. Baweja plans for a December release” Indian Express (IE) has reported.
“The two younger sons of Guru Gobind Singh, Sahibzada Zorawar Singh (9) and Sahibzada Fateh Singh (6), had attained martyrdom on December 26, 1705. They were bricked alive by Muhgal rulers after they preferred to embrace death rather than convert to Islam. Mughal rulers had offered them safe passage if they became Muslims” IE report reads further.
“The two other sons, Sahibzada Ajit Singh (18) and Sahibzada Jhujhar Singh (14), attained martyrdom while fighting in the battle of Chamkaur Sahib against Mughal forces led by Wazir Khan on December 7, 1705” it reads.
IE has stated with reference to unnamed sources that Baweja had been working on the project for the last couple of years.
As per IE news report, Baweja had also been in touch with the SGPC and Akal Takht to ensure that he had done proper homework for the film. When contacted, Baweja gave details on the project— which he was undertaking for a “very very very very religious purpose”
SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar, however, said the film will wean away Sikh youths from ills like apostasy and drug addiction. “Animation is a very powerful medium. Today, you see children glued to their laptops, iPads and other mediums watching animation. Having gone through the concept of the proposed film by Baweja, SGPC has given its go ahead for the movie,” Makkar reportedly said.
There had been few animations on Sikh history previously – such as Sahibzade, Sundri and Singh Soorme.
See the trailer of the Movie: