There are only a few directors who have decided to steer the Punjabi cinema towards its roots and history. Indian born British director Kavi Raz, who had earlier shown to us the life of the last prince of Punjab in the movie ‘The Black Prince’, has announced another movie which will be depicting the life of a very young character and the times he lived in. The movie has been titled ‘SARABHA- Cry for Freedom’.
The movie will be based on the life of a very important yet unknown character from the history of Punjab, Kartar Singh Sarabha. He was a young man of 19 years who sacrificed his life for the freedom of this country. A well-known name in the Ghadar Party, not much is known about him by our young generation and as such, this film becomes even more significant because it will be a link for us to re-connect with our lost heroes, the unsung heroes who lost their lives while trying to attaint freedom for this country.
While the 2017 released ‘The Black Prince’ was a historical drama that told the story of the last Sikh Maharaja, Duleep Singh, ’SARABHA’ will depict the emerging of Ghadar Movement in America and its relation to the beginning of independence movement in India.
Widespread immigration happened from India to the US during the early 90’s. And the treatment of immigrants was utterly poor in the country which aroused Kartar Singh Sarbaha’s agitation while he was sent there for higher studies. During this time, the founder of Ghadar Party which was a revolutionary party formed in California, Sohan Singh Bhakna inspired him to participate in the independence movement of India. Kartar Singh was involved in the publication of a newspaper named ‘Ghadar’, the purpose of which was to aware the Indians about the monstrosity of the Britishers.
On returning to India, following betrayals and conspiracies, Kartar Singh was arrested and executed at Lahore, at the age of 19 years. This unsung hero of the Indian Freedom Movement was also one of the major inspirations of Bhagat Singh.
‘SARABHA-Cry for Freedom’ is being made in Punjabi, Hindi, and English and will release on May 24, 2019, which will also mark the birth anniversary of Kartar Singh Sarabha.