February 25, 2015 | By Parmjeet Singh
Chandigarh: Makers of upcoming Punjabi movie “The Mastermind Jinda and Sukha” reportedly release the poster of their film in Chandigarh on February 24 amidst tight police security. The films was previously named as “Ankhy Yodhey”.
The poster of the movie was released by film director Sukhjinder Shera, producer Sukhchain Singh, artists Sonpreet Jawanda, Amritpal Singh and Sunita Dhir and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) president Simranjeet Singh Mann.
Film-makers said that the their movie “The Mastermind Jinda and Sukha” is based on true-life story of Sikh martyrs Bhai Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha who were sentenced to death by Indian courts for assassinating former Indian army chief Arun Vaidhya. Arun Vidhya had led army attack against Sikhs in June 1984 (remembered as Ghallughara/ Holocause by the Sikhs).
Film director Sukhjinder Shera said that the story of movie is based on prison letter of Bhai Sukha-Jinda. “This film is based on a true story and historic facts”, said Sukhjinder Shera.
‘1984’ turns to be a ‘formula’ for Punjabi film-makers:
It is notable that there is sudden rise in movies on subjects related to 1984 attack on Darbar Sahib and the aftermath in recent years. The trauma of 1984 and the ‘movement’ of post-1984 period is being treated as a ‘formula’ by Punjabi filmmakers. Many films on 1984 and aftermath have arrived in last two years. The success of ‘Sadda Haq’ (2013) attracted attention of other Punjabi filmmakers and five films – 47 to 84, Kaum De Heere, Punjab 1984, Dilli 1984, Blood Street – have already been released. Others in line are Leather Life, Patta Patta Singha Da Wairi, Wanted Zinda, Jinda and Sukha – The Movie, The Mastermind Jinda and Sukha and Toofan Singh.
Three movies: Wanted Zinda, Jinda and Sukha – The Movie and The Mastermind Jinda and Sukha are said to be based on life-story of Sikh martyrs Bhai Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha.
Serious concerns are being raised about these movies as the filmmakers are presenting the sensitive and serious phase of recent Punjab history in a very casual manner. Many Sikh circles have raised alarms that the filmmakers are presenting epic-like stories of great Sikh personalities in a very casual way. This concern was raised particularly with regard to movie ‘Kaum De Heere’ that was based on life of Shaheed Beant Singh, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh as many felt that the movie lacked directional and artistic proficiency.
Anurag Singh’s ‘Punjab 1984’, starring Diljit Dosanjh and Kiron Kher, received massive condemnation from Sikh intellectuals and analysts and the filmmakers were accused for (mis)using the trauma of ‘Punjab 1984’ for their commercial gain and further for presenting the Sikh struggle in ‘bad light’.
Announcement of three movies on the life of Bhai Sukha-Jinda shows that a race between Punjabi filmmakers has already started, which justifies alarms raised by aware Sikh circles.
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