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Chaar Sahibzaade Shaheed
RajKaregaKhalsa1 posted a topic in GURBANI | SAKHIAN | HISTORYਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਿਹ Sangat ji, the time of year is coming again where we will celebrate the Shaheedi days of Guru Sahib's 4 sons I thought it would be a good idea to share your favourite Katha on the Sahibzaade and Sakhis of Kalgidhar Paatshah and the tough times he had to face This Katha was very emotional and on the chote Sahibzaade, we should learn and take something and realise how brave they were.
The inlays will have the most accurate research on our Chaar Sahibzaade that you will have seen. Not internet research but access to the oldest eye witness accounts available on this planet. Thanks to Art Of Elusive Fighting for always supporting us with research and true facts not based on word of mouth. All info is referenced to a source page and listed so its not made up through hear-say. Release date not confirmed but close now. Canada will Also have distribution as will digital stores like Netflix, ITunes etc Source: Dharam Seva Records
Chaar Sahibzaade Wins Best Animation Film Award
SinghStation posted a topic in POLITICS | LIFESTYLEMUMBAI: The 21st annual Life OK Screen Awards nominations for best animated feature got announced in Mumbai yesterday. First Sikh 3D Punjabi Blockbuster Movie CHAAR SAHIBZADE got awarded for BEST ANIMATION FEATURE FILM.
Recently becoming the highest grossing Indian animation films of all time (with out inflation adjustments), as well as the First 3D Sikh Movie, Chaar Sahibzaade has pretty much become a cultural phenomenon and a new Sikh Multimedia staple. The movie has been praised for its emotional and unbiased portrayal of one of the most important chapters of Sikh history. The movie has topped the business chart in other countries as well such as the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The movie has collected £81,348 (Rs 79.45 lakhs) from 16 screens in the UK, A$141,387 (Rs 75.31 lakhs) from 22 screens in Australia and NZ$33,832 (Rs 16.20 lakhs) from 7 screens in New Zealand in the first weekend. It has, in fact, pushed Shahrukh Khan’s Happy New Year down to second place in all these countries. The Punjabi version of the movie alone is on its way to become the highest grossing Indian animation film ever which at the moment is Hanuman released in 2005 after grossing around Rs 5.25 crore in net collections. The movie has received a rather high rating of 9.9 on IMDB. The State Governments of Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab and Uttarakhand have also declared the movie tax free. These are certainly some encouraging numbers for the Indian animation industry. I myself has personally watched the movie on big screen and yes it’s a great Movie. But Does the popularity earned by this Movie does seem to be over-hyped? Well I hate to not give you a straight forward answer, but it’s both a Yes and a No. Now why ‘yes’? Well it’s obvious, isn’t it? This is the first 3-D Animated Movie in Sikh History. This is the first time that a movie based on Sikh history has been released in so many languages and on such an expounding level. This is the first time a movie on Sikh History has been released on a world-wide level in prominent Cinemas. This is the first movie that even Singh Sahibaans from Sri Hazur Sahib have watched in the Cinema Halls. There’s certainly more I’m not covering, but yes this movie tied in new technology with breath taking Animated characters and art, and it came out as close to perfect as one could hope. Well, maybe not completely perfect… See now’s the part where you’re probably going to send me an emotional email. The part where we talk about why this movie might not be deserving that big hype First off, I’m talking about through it’s content, the Community hard-earned money, the sudden fan army and the measurable outputs. Does Chaar Sahibzaade Movie deserve it all? Frankly there are some strong points against it. Let us first look into the word ‘Hype’ itself. I have noticed from some facebook walls that some people did watch the “Chaar Sahibzaade” movie upto five times in a single month even. Really?? Why??? Was it the 3-D effects, or the beauty of technology embedded in the animated characters, the music or the story itself, that touched one’s heart to such an extent. I can understand kids watching the same movie repeatedly but why will you watch it more than once or say twice…Isn’t five times too much and that too in a single month? Shouldn’t the same time be better spent on the teachings learnt from the movie itself rather than addicting oneself to watch it again and again on the Big screen. There are organizations which are writing to Akal Takhat Sahib to categorise this movie as “Educational Movie”. Well sure, but then why not the other previously released animated movies like the ones released by Vismaad, CSJS Productions and many others. Is it because those movies were not released on a bigger scale or had such a popularity as gained by Chaar Sahibzaade movie… Scrolling through the content, there were many distorted facts in the Movie which I have already covered in my other article on review about this movie as well. Those were – Khanda Insignia on the Dastaars of Sahibzaades, which was not even invented at time of Gurus. Also Mata Gujri ji has been shown without dastaar while she was a dastar wearing Singhani and was never weak or emotional too as shown in the movie. The dialogues of Moti Mehra ji were also not correctly scripted. In saying that, I do not mean to wholly contradict the movie as it can happen with any other project or movie too. But when a movie is so much over-hyped and also watched by Prominent Sikh dignitaries, it becomes highly important to have correct sequence of facts shown on the big screen. Also I would not complain about the distorted facts to the Director or Story-writer as the movie is directed under guidance of SGPC and other well-learned Sikh Historians. No doubt that the Movie is portraying a very important chapter of Sikh History and it’s a great educational tool for our upcoming generations, but we need to understand if it is worth the Money that we have spent on the movie. The Directors might have spent nearly Rs 40 crores on the movie but the output we have given them is for Rs 300 Crores. Have we ever thought that this money has actually gone out of our community? Is this money well-spent or evidence of chronic waste? According to a study done by Australian Researchers, “The money spent is twice as efficient if it stays within the community” and it helps keeping the community alive and support better needed projects. Infact Money is like blood. It needs to keep moving around to keep the economy going. If too much money is spent outside the community even for the community projects, the money (blood) still flows out, but like a wound. Sikh community has recently evidenced many Film-directors and producers from within our community who have brought really good Sikh movies like “Proud to be Sikh”, “Sundri”, “Bhai Taru Singh ji”, Empty Inside, Rakhe Harmandir de, Ujjar thaon vaseo and many more…. But I think only 5% of the Chaar Sahibzaade Audience only might have watched or heard about the above movies as the producers of those movies had limited funds to release them on Big Screens. But just imagine the output and benefits if the same money flows via the Sikh Directors and producers who can provide a similar output. That way we will also create more jobs for our own people and promote Sikhi – “Naale Punn te Naale Faliyan”. Moving further, Some people claim that many people took amrit or promised not to cut their hair after watching the movie “Chaar Sahibzaade”. Well, our heartiest congrats to those, who were inspired and took a step further towards a Gursikhi Jeewan. Firstly let me tell you there were two main Fake pictures posted on Social Media – “One telling 34 Radha Soamis took Amrit after watching the movie” and other showing people sitting in Akal Takht Sahib awaiting to get Amrit di daat. Both the pictures had no source and were just hyped by FB Posters. People do get emotional after watching such movies and no doubt 1% of those might even make some big decisions about their life-style changes as well, but there is also proven evidence that behaviour might get altered but soon disappears too as soon as one walks outside the Cinema like a puff of bubble. Studies also show that movies can have a direct, but not sustained effect on behaviour. Let us now take a look at some of the low-budget Sikh Movies like Bhai Taru Singh ji by Vismaad Productions or Proud to be Sikh directed by Satdeep Singh. I myself have personally evidenced the people with tearful eyes and many promising the same as well that they won’t cut their hair in future or will prepare for Amrit. So my point is that if a low-budget movie can offer the same output, isn’t it better for us to save money and then spend that saved money in other much-needed projects in Sikhi. We need to measure the outputs – Is it just the 3-D effects, the fun, the tearful eyes for few minutes or are we measuring a bigger picture. No doubt, such movies are a great educational tool for our future generations but question is at what cost? Some people may argue on this that the money given back to producers like Harry Baweja will promote other Bollywood producers to bring more such movies on Sikh History in the Market. But my question is – Is that what we want? Do every time we want to return 10 times to the producers outside the community and especially to the ones for whom it is just a business. Have we done enough Needs-based assessment? Have we determined what output is it going to bring to Sikh Community. We don’t need to measure only short-term benefits but should look towards long-term goals as well. There is much more we can get into this, but I believe we need to first PAUSE here and think about above points first. So, I guess we’re back to where we started. Does one, Sikh movie deserve this constant overabundance of hype? No matter, how educational, emotional the movies may be, we need to think from all angles and we need to limit the money spent. People may argue that its better to spend money watching such movies rather than spending same money on another bollywood movie portraying Sikhs as jokers…but lets even look at a wider picture. Something IS NOT ALWAYS better than NOTHING. Pls think strategically considering Long term goals, think from Gursikhi point of view and then provide your feedback or comments. Originally posted at: http://singhstation.net/2014/11/movie-chaar-sahibzaade-really-deserve-overhype/
Chaar Sahibzaade Merchandise Get Sgpc Nod For Sale
SinghStation posted a topic in WHAT'S HAPPENING?The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) has given its nod for displaying merchandise related to Sikh history in the gurdwaras of Punjab, and Ludhiana has been chosen as the first city for the initiative. Rajiv Sawhney, who is manufacturing products for children on Sikh history, said, “The merchandise starts from Rs 15 and goes up to Rs 30,000 so that all can buy them. We met SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar today and we are starting with Model Town gurdwara, Sarabha Nagar gurdwara and Hot Breads on Friday where various things like key chains, calenders, pen drives, games, T-shirts and water sippers related to four Sahibzaadas will be put on display.” The exclusive of all products is a 24-carat gold-plated kirpan (sword) mounted on a wooden panel. The calenders have an inscription from the Guru Granth Sahib on each page with an English translation of the same. The movie has recorded good collections overseas as a large number of Sikhs are settled in Canada and the US. “We are getting overwhelming response for these products as children have got new superheroes in the form of four Sahibzaadas. Earlier, they were not even aware of their sacrifices and great Sikh history,” Sawhney said. He added that ‘replicated swords and bow-arrow of four Sahibzaadas are getting great response from children and also the pendants made for women”. “A lot of research went into making products to avoid any controversy and we studied Sikh history literature for a month to learn the details,” he added. SGPC head Makkar said, “It is a noble cause and we will happily allow this venture in gurdwaras starting from Ludhiana.” Raman Singh, a city resident, said, “It is time that new generations in Punjab were made aware of great Sikh history and sacrifices of Chaar Saahibzaade, and there is no better platform than gurdwaras to begin with.” Source: http://singhstation.net/2014/12/chaar-sahibzaade-merchandise-get-sgpc-nod-sale/
Several Take Amrit After Watching Chaar Sahibzaade
Mehtab Singh posted a topic in WHAT'S HAPPENING?The sangat sitting in front of Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Amritsar was inspired to take Amrit after watching film Chaar Sahibzaade. The sangat became very emotional and decided to become part of the Khalsa Panth. Similar stories of people getting back to Sikhi are happening all over the world and the film Chaar Sahibzaade is having a big impact on the lives of people. We encourage everyone to not miss this opportunity. ਗੁਰੂ ਰੂਪ ਸਾਧ ਸੰਗਤ ਜੀ ਇਹ ਸੰਗਤ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਅੱਗੇ ਜੋ ਬੈਠੀ ਨਜ਼ਰ ਆ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ ਜੀ ਇਹ ਸੰਗਤ ਨੇ ਚਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬਜ਼ਾਦੇ ਫਿਲਮ ਦੇਖੀ ਤੇ ਗੁਰੂ ਦੇ ਲਾਲਾ ਨੂੰ ਦੇਖ ਕਿ ਆਪਣੇ ਆਪ ਨੂੰ ਗੁਰੂ ਵਾਲੇ ਬਨਣ ਲਈ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਪਹੁੰਚ ਗਏ ਜੀ ਸਾਧ ਸੰਗਤ ਜੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਚਰਨਾ ਵਿੱਚ ਅਰਦਾਸ ਬੇਨਤੀ ਕਰਿਏ ਕਿ ਹਰ ਇਕ ਬੱਚਾ ਬੱਚਾ ਅਮ੍ਰਿੰਤ ਧਾਰੀ ਬਣੇ ਜੀ ਗੁਰੂ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜੀ ਦੇ ਦੱਸੇ ਮਾਰਗ ਜਾ ਸਕਿਏ http://dailysikhupdates.com/sangat-inspired-film-chaar-sahibzaade-takes-amrit-akal-takht/
Punjab Government on Sunday announced exemption of entertainment tax on Chaar Sahibzaade, an animated Punjabi movie based on the life of four sons of the 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. The decision to sanction tax-free status for Punjabi movie directed by Harry Baweja was announced by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, who also holds the portfolio of Excise and Taxation Department. Justifying the decision, Sukhbir said that the tax-free status was granted to this religious movie “to educate our present generation regarding unparalleled and supreme sacrifice of Chaar Sahibzaade’s of tenth Sikh Guru, Shri Guru Gobind Singh, who made supreme sacrifice for unity and integrity of the country and to ensure religious freedom to every citizen”. He said that the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party Government always encouraged Punjabi cinema that gave social and religious message for the upliftment of the society and would continue to encourage filmmakers to make movies on such subjects. He has issued orders to Excise and Taxation Commissioner to issue a notification in this regard with immediate effect. Source: http://singhstation.net/2014/11/last-punjab-govt-exempted-entertainment-tax-chaar-sahizaade/