Chaar Sahibzaade – First of all, let me clarify why I am writing in English about a topic which is totally related to Punjabiyat especially Sikhism, well the simple reason is that I don’t have means to type Gurmukhi at this time plus I want to widen the scope of audience to this post and make it accessible to Non-Punjabi people also.
Friends! As I sit here in my bedroom with a laptop lying in my lap, if I look on my right side, there are two posters pasted on the wall depicting few among many distinct personalities of Sikh History. One
is the poster of Baba Deep Singh ji shaheed and other is of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji with his four sons. My age presently is 20 and as far as I can remember, these posters are here for around 15 years. All this time, I looked and bowed in front of them without any knowledge about them. I never knew the names of four sons of Guru ji, also addressed as ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’ but what was the reason behind it? Why didn’t I know them? One reason could be that I never asked and second, I was never told. May be I was told but not in the right way or right medium for me to remember and what do I mean by right way, let me clear that next.
Knowledge can’t be piled and given away in one stroke to someone but it is a process in which information is delivered in bits and pieces and such an attempt was made by Director ‘Harry Bhaweja’ with his animated 3D Film ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’ The film revolves around the bravery and dedication of four sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji towards their religion above that, ‘the truth’. The film released on 6th of November and I got to see it on 12th of November yet the afternoon show went house full and the best part was that there were people from all age groups. Little children or old aged folks, everyone enjoyed it. An old aged couple sat beside me and I noticed the lady crying during a scene of the film. The big thing for me was that not only I got to enjoy a beautiful movie but also got much valuable information about my religion which I wasn’t aware of during last 15-20 years of
Now, I know who the four sons of Guru Gobind Singh ji were, namely Ajit Singh, Jujhar Singh, Zorawar Singh and Fateh Singh, something which I should have known 15 years ago. Not just that, I also take
much pride in saying that I also know about Gangu Teli, Todar Mal, etc. But there is something that is difficult for me to get down my throat. What is so wrong in normal people playing the roles of our
Gurus if that helps in enlightening youth about their prestigious past? Why do we have to wait for something like Animation to come up in order to show our past? Shouldn’t SGPC allow Sikh actors to play
the roles of our ten gurus? I am not only questioning SGPC but our own mentality also? Why burn public transport in protest when something good happens for the sake of Sikhism. Shouldn’t we need to understand that media like Movies can play a major role in re-establishment what I would call a ‘Dying Breed’ The most weird thing was that the animated character of Shri Guru Gobind Singh ji is not shown speaking at all. I don’t know the reason behind that and would like the director to clear me just in case he gets to read this but for the time being, let me assume that a possible reason could be that Sikh People would have gone insane had someone lent his voice to Guru ji.
For now, let us put aside these questions and I would like to end by saying ‘Chaar Sahibzaade’ is the first step to restore Sikhism among youth and you should really go to watch and support it. (5271)