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Sikh Guru gets a biopic!

A. R. Rahman

By HT

Mumbai, April 2 -- Over the past couple of years, Bollywood has produced several biopics such as Paan Singh Tomar (2012), Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013) and Mary Kom (2014), among others.

Expanding the list is an upcoming film based on the life and teachings of the Sikh guru, Nanak Shah Fakir. It is a first-of-its-kind film on the Guru, which will be narrated by his friend, companion and disciple, Bhai Mardana, a Muslim fakir.

Producer Harinder Sikka has amassed talent from across the globe to be part of the film. "I am not a film-maker. So producing a film of such a massive scale, with the guidance and support of some popular names from Bollywood and Hollywood, was a miracle in itself. Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty and Finnish composer Tuomas Kantelinen have created the sound and original score, under the mentorship of Academy Awardwinning composer AR Rahman. Music director Uttam Singh's compositions, which have been sung by Pt Jasraj and Bhai Nirmal Singh, have amplified the melody quotient of the album. The film has been shot by multiple National Award-winning cinematographer AK Bir, along with the rising star, Sandeep Patil," says Sikka.

About the technology used in the film, Sikka says, "Sikh history is 500 years old, and the movie uses high-end graphics to depict Guru Nanak from the back, amidst a ray of light, to honour the tradition of not showing the saint's face."

But the journey of the film has not been smooth. Sikka says, "Since we started working on it, I have faced numerous challenges and severe budget constraints. But by God's grace, I was able to hold my ground and emerge unscathed."