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Forget Superman!! Kids now have real Sikh heroes.
by Nimritjit Singh
Batmans & Supermans of the world take a backstage!! The real life great Sikh heroes are here to rule!
Jotsaroop Singh (5yrs) and Anokh Singh (3yrs); brothers from Fremont, California have found a great hero in Baba Banda Singh Bahadur ever since they first watched animated movie “The Rise of Khalsa”.
“The very first day boys watched this animation 5 times at a stretch!!” smiles mother Jaswinder Kaur.
Nowadays Batman, Superman and other imaginary superheroes are a lesser attraction for Sikh kids. It all started with the first animation on Sikh History, Sahibzadey: a Saga of Valor and Sacrifice.
Kids around the world have been extremely fascinated with these animated movies on Sikh History. Stickers of Baba Banda Singh Bahadur and other warriors are grabbed by children at movie shows as prized possession.
Jotsaroop Singh in Khalsa Warrior Attire
Last year at Toronto Spinning Wheel Film Festival the audience was spell bound to hear 6 years old Anoop Kaur speak Sahibzadey dialogs in chaste Punjabi. Father Suneet Singh (CEO, Datawind Inc.) shares with joy “Anoop Kaur has memorized 80% dialogs of Sahibzadey and she can sing all Gurbani Shabads and songs from the movie. These movies are also a great tool to teach Punjabi to western born kids”.
Sukhwinder Singh at movie premier at Gurudwara Sahib Dixie Road (Toronto)
For Sukhwinder Singh and his colleagues at Vismaad productions the past year has been the most satisfying period of their lives. “People tell us of instances about kids deciding not to cut hairs after watching Sahibzadey” tells a visibly ecstatic Sukhwinder Singh.
“The Rise of Khalsa” opened in Canada with packed crowds at its premier shows at various Gurudwaras in Vancouver, Toronto, Windsor, Calgary, etc. At Dixie Ghurughar a parallel second show was necessitated for a growing stream of audience as the original arrangements proved inadequate.
Capacity audience at Dixie premier of movie A parallel screening in Hall No. 5
Why premier your movies in a Gurudwara? “Our primary objective is propagation of Sikh History and Gurudwara is the best place to reach a large audience” explains Sukhwinder Singh, who is currently is in New York area. Special screenings are planned in all major Gurudwaras over next 2-3 weeks.
Movie DVDs are available at www.riseofkhalsa.com , all major Gurudwara Libraries, Music Stores etc. “It will help if people don’t make or buy pirated copies of movies on Sikh subjects like Sahibzadey, Kambdi Kalai and The Rise of Khalsa” smiles Sukhwinder Singh.
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