Chandigarh, Oct 9, 2008 : The Punjabi movie, Sat Sri Akal, commemorates the occasion of 300th anniversary of Gurta GurGaddi Diwas of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. This Cinemascope film project with digital Dolby sound is a step towards propagating a way of life impregnated with rich heritage of Punjabi culture, moral values, traditions and Sikh tenets. The film will be released on Oct 17, 2008.
Mr Kanwal Kohli, Vice President, Frankfinn Music said, "The movie revolves around love, traditional values, sentiments, and colossal faith towards the Almighty God. In essence, Sat Sri Akal is a decent love story between two divergent personas — a promising, brilliant and well brought-up simple boy from religious & respectable background, with a beautiful ultra-modern girl hailing from a family of an army officer. Passing through youthful college life, humorous situations, pleasant moments, their courtship suddenly becomes the victim of conspiracy of some ones jealous to them. Based on true happenings, the story of the movie is live account of their unshakable belief in Waheguru God even when all the doors around the world were closed for them."
Particularly, it tends to inculcate immense belief towards Sri Guru Granth Saheb Ji and the Gurbani enshrined within. For the first time, the "true to life" ambiance of pilgrimage places like Sri Harmandar Saheb (Amritsar), Sri Hazur Saheb (Nanded) and Sri Bangla Sahib (Delhi) would be shown on 35 mm format.
Besides a good and captivating story, the Punjabi folk, good humour, romance—sans obscenity—picturesque locales, have been imparted tremendous importance in the film. It has a story splendidly told amongst heart rendering Gurbani shabads sung by legends and foot-tapping songs. Music, a spell-binding and unique fusion of tradition and modernity, with 7 Gurbani shabads and 3 songs, all by celebrity singers, is one of the major highlights of the film. It tends to enlighten one (Sikh in particular) on how Guru Granth Sahib is practical Guru in this modern world.
So many moments we experienced during the shooting of Sat Sri Akal, wherein we felt the providential help and divine grace. Having failed and tired off finding availability of apt song locations on two occasions, the director used to ask to pack up. The very next moment on each occasion, some body used to approach with excellent options of locales, even much better than we earlier anticipated.
Despite the unparalleled rise of the Sikhs to visibly very high echelons across the world, and their presence at exalted positions in diverse domains, Punjabis and Sikhs especially turbaned ones have been portrayed in a very stereotypical manner on-screen. Verily, Mata Tripta Ji Charitable Trust has joined hands with Frankfinn Entertainment Pvt Ltd to produce the current movie venture Sat Sri Akal—to uphold the image of turbaned Sikhs. That’s why we have selected turbaned Manpreet Singh in the male lead, and turbaned Manmeet Singh in a very vital role. Arun Bali kept his beard and hair unshorn for nearly a year to don the true look of a Sikh gentleman. The movie unveils a true account of "what Sikhs are" and "what is ought to be Sikh way of life".
Gone are the days, when Sikhs used to be idolized as the symbols of valor, honesty, truthfulness, integrity, dignity, self-respect, hospitality, creativity, culture, and art. Haplessly, today they are being portrayed as jocular, drunkard, ruthless, flamboyant, unrefined and rustic kind of people, that too mostly drivers.