It is amazing to see how one young man, who does not make it pass the matriculation examinations, touches the lives of so many of the less fortunate in the community. This is the story of Bhagat Puran Singh.
Some 250 people last night (4 Feb 2015) attended the premiere of the Punjabi movie Eh Janam Tumhare Lekhe which captures the trials and tribulations of social reformer Bhagat Puran Singh.
He is the person, who almost single handedly, built an institution known as Pingalwara, which literally means the home to the crippled.
“It is an amazing movie. It’s about one man who put the needs of others ahead of his. He fought for what was right. He was so selfless and the best part was that he found joy in doing it. He found happiness by making other people happy,” said one of the members of the audience.
“It is about how, after the partition of India and Pakistan, this one man realised that the needy and the handicap were receiving no help at all. This man set out to help them. He took no sides and only took the path of love. It was a really eye opening story. And I’m pretty sure it will inspire many people.”
Generally, the audience responded positively to the movie, acknowledging that it is a well-made movie.
Sikhs would have heard of Bhagat Puran Singh or even the Pingalwara. But some may not be familiar with the challenges he had to endure to do what he did. This movies captures those trials and tribulations well.
The premiere was organised by the Coalition of Malaysian Sikh Organisation (CMSO), an umbrella body of eight organisation. They are Guru Kalgidhar Diwan Malaysia, Guru Nanak Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Khalsa Diwan Malaysia, Malaysian Sikh Education Aid Fund, Malaysian Sikh Union, Malaysian Sikh Women’s Awareness Network Society (SWAN), Sant Sohan Singh Ji Melaka Memorial Society Malaysia and Sikh Welfare Society Malaysia.
The Malaysian screening, which starts tomorrow (Feb 6), will be held in Kuala Lumpur (TGV KLCC, TGV 1Shamelin), Penang (LFS Bukit Jambul), Ipoh (LFS Seri Kinta) and Johor Bahru (TGV Tebrau City).
In Malaysia, the movies is distributed by Supreme Broadcast International Sdn Bhd.
Across Asia, the movie is also expected to be released Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. – ASIA SAMACHAR (5 Feb 2015)
[ASIA SAMACHAR is an online newspaper for Sikhs in Southeast Asia and surrounding countries. Go to www.asiasamachar.com]