Sat Sri Akal runs to full houses in Punjab

Harjinder Singh

Sat Sri Akal is a movie by the Sikhs for the Sikhs. The simple story line takes the viewer on a journey of Punjab and Nanded, wading through a sea of Sikh value systems and beliefs.  The relationship of man to woman, of brother and sister, of mother and daughter, of father and daughter comes out in all its simplicity and grace.

A socio-religious movie which appropriately showcases Sikh characters, the handsome appearance of Manpreet Singh with his Sikh saroop are a treat to watch as Bollywood has not been able to shell out such a fare.

The use of Gurbani is proper and well-timed throughout the movie. Be it seeking forgiveness, thanking Waheguru, seeking support or saying words of encouragement, Gurbani has been appropriately and soothingly quoted. The problem of alcoholism and apostasy has also been highlighted by showing the villain consuming alcohol. 

Undoubtedly, there is a difference between Singh is Kinng and Sat Sri Akal not just because of the story line or the budget but because of the characters who have played the roles. Manpreet Singh is a real-life Sikh and Akshay Kumar came out pretty poorly even as a reel-life Sikh.

For a change, it was nice to see that instead of a turbaned Sikh’s parent advocating or accepting marriage of his daughter to a non-turbaned Sikh boy, in this movie, one could see a reversal of the stereotype with a non-turbaned man's daughter choosing to marry a Sabat Soorat Sikh. 

The story line could have been better. I really wanted the world to see a real-life Sikh to take Bollywood by storm. This is a good start and will definitely influence our adverse representation in Bollywood.

As the movie makers have been calling it a Sikh religious movie, it was a little discomforting to see images of Sikh characters worshipping pictures of Gurus, and references to Lohri and Rakhi, reminding us of Nanak Naam Jahaz Hai.

The music score of the movie containing Shabads by late Ishmeet Singh and by Jagjit Singh is par excellence and music director Ravinder Singh has done a perfect religious rendering for the movie.  The lilting Poota Mata ki Asees is an unforgettable tune filmed on a sequence of scenes which is a great tribute to the Sikh mothers who spare no effort in the upbringing of their children as good Sikhs and better citizens imbibing values enshrined in Gurbani. As the film contains the one and only film recording of late Ishmeet Singh, it pays a handsome tribute to the singer who became a legend in less than a year.

 All in all, a perfect fare for the whole family and a good cinematic contribution to the Tercentenary Gurta Gaddi celebrations of Guru Granth Sahib.

Source: World Sikh