Sikh Martyr Bhai Jaita Singh to be depicted in cinema; Gippy Grewal in the lead
Punjabi actor-singer Gippy Grewal will be seen playing Bhai Jaita Singh (also known as Bhai Jiwan Singh) in his upcoming Punjabi film on the iconic Sikh warrior’s life. Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh launched the poster and the first look of the film in the city today. Grewal looked refreshing in a turbaned-avatar on the occasion.
Bhai Jaita Singh was poet and warrior, who eventually became a Sikh icon and martyr during the siege of Chamkaur by the Mughal army in 1705. According to the Sikh history, he was one of three men, who carried Guru Teg Bahadur’s dismembered body from Delhi to his son, Guru Gobind Singh. He carried Guru Teg Bahadur’ ‘sis’ (head), a glimpse of which, is also depicted evidently, on the movie’s poster.
“When you are associated with films that have enormous historical and spiritual significance, one need to understand sensitive facts and get them right on the screen. I believe that period films are connecting with the audience of Punjabi cinema as they give an opportunity to open a window to our glorious past,” said the actor.
The film is being helmed by Amneet Singh and directed by Simerjeet Singh, who has also written the script of film along with Rashid Rangrez. “Bhai Jaita Singh ji was one of the warriors in the army of Guru Gobind Singh and one of his friends as well. Shooting for the movie will begin soon. We have spent a lot of time, almost two years, in researching facts on the project,” he shared.
Just to get his character right, Gippy has been learning horse riding, fencing and the language spoken during the time. “I want to get into the sin of the character as Bhai Jaita was a notable warrior, expert in all forms of combat. It becomes important for me to connect at that level on and off the screen.” The actor says that facts of the film have been researched with guidance of Sikh scholars and historians associated with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC).