Saturday, November 8, 2014

Chaar Sahibzaade

Story: The film tells the heroic story of the last of the ten living Sikh Gurus - Guru Gobind Singh's four sons (Sahibzaade), who sacrificed their lives to safeguard their religion and fight against the injustice, religious fanaticism and tyranny of the Mughals.

Review: If you don't know much about the Sikh culture and history, you must watch Chaar Sahibzaade for it embodies the courage and sacrifices made by the pioneers. It salutes the valour of the Sikh warriors, their noble principles and immense contribution towards the establishment of the religion.

Kudos to Harry Baweja for telling the iconic tale of how Guru Gobind Singh (who initiated the Sikh Khalsa), his brave sons and fearless warriors refused to bow down to the Mughals, led by Wazir Khan in the battle of Chamkaur, in spite of being outnumbered by them.

Legendary actor Om Puri's baritone voice drives the narrative and gives us a background of what led the Guru to leave Anandpur sahib in the first place. The film then shows us how the Chaar Sahibzaade (Ajit Singh, Jujhar Singh, Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh) sacrificed their lives to safeguard their people and religion. It also shows show how the Mughals, having failed to capture Guru Gobind Singh, ruthlessly bricked his younger sons alive for not converting to Islam.

As an animation film, what it lacks in technology (given today's 3D animation standards), Chaar Sahibzaade makes up for it with its strong and engaging content. Also one needs to consider that the makers had limitations, since one cannot animate Guru Gobind Singh. Thus, all the images of the Guru are only stills. Even the voice-over artists are not named, considering the sensitivity of the subject.

Harry Baweja manages to inspire and touch your heart by bringing the historic event to life with great conviction. If your kids fancy the fictional American superheroes, show them this film for sure. They must know our 'heroes' lived for real, fought for real and had no superpowers except for unflinching courage and devotion.

with thanks : Times of India : LINK

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