Punjabi movie Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe, capturing the trials and tribulations of social reformer Bhagat Puran Singh, will be aired in Malaysia on Feb 6, one week after its global release tomorrow.
It passed the Malaysian censorship board, according to the company handling the movie’s distribution for Malaysia.
The movie captures the true life of Bhagat Puran Singh, who single-handedly set-up an institution called Pingalwara to care for the mentally and terminally ill patients. Pingal means cripple, wara means home.
“The movie passed the Malaysian censorship today with only three minor cuts in its dialogues. It does not effect the flow of the film and the story telling,” Aman Singh Dhillon of Supreme Broadcast International Sdn Bhd tells Asia Samachar.
“The movie is strongly attached to the teaching of Sikhi. It even carries a couple of shabads. It will appeal to people who want to watch quality cinema, and appreciate the values embedded in Sri Guru Granth Sahib.”
In Malaysia, it will be screened in Kuala Lumpur (TGV KLCC, TGV 1Shamelin), Penang (LFS Bukit Jambul), Ipoh (LFS Seri Kinta) and Johor Bahru (TGV Tebrau City).
Across Asia, the movie is also expected to be released in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
It is understood that the rights to distribute the movie in Singapore is Bombay Talkies.
The movie is directed by Harjit Singh and produced by All India Pingalwara Charitable Society. Story, screenplay and dialogues are by Dr. Tejinder Harjit and Dr. Harjit Singh.
Puran Singh was born into a Hindu family. He embraced Sikhi later.
At the age of 30, Puran was given the task of handling a 4-year old spastic child abandoned at a gurdwara in Lahore, now in Punjab, Pakistan, according to a write-up introducing Pingalwara at Pingalwara.Co, the institution that he eventually would set-up.
Apparently, the boy’s mother had died earlier. A few months later, his father disappeared, leaving the boy with farm owners. They tried to place him at orphanages in Lahore and Amritsar, but to no avail, as the boy could not attend to himself.
The farmers then left him at Gurdwara Dehra Sahib. Again, the people at the gurdwara could feed him, but not care for him. The head granthi at the gurdwara made an ardaas and passed on the boy to Puran to handle.
“Bhagat Ji gave so much love to the child that he even named him ‘Piara’ (the loved one). He made his back and shoulders the permanent abode of the child,” according to the article.
During the India-Pakistan partition in 1947, Puran moved to Amrisar with one sick old man, a 17-year Piara Singh on his back and Rs. one & annas five in his pocket. He helped at a transitory camp for people affected by the partition.
This later led to the formation of the All India Pingalwara Society (Regd.), Amritsar.
Pingalwara has been described as ‘a home for the homeless, a hope for the forlorn, a hospital for the sick and old destitutes, a cradle for the orphaned or abandoned children and a safe haven for the exploited and mentally-deranged young women’. – ASIA SAMACHAR (29 Jan 2015)
[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs in Southeast Asia and surrounding countries. Go to www.asiasamachar.com]