Saturday, December 18, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Write Angle

Write Angle
Amrita Chaudhry Posted online: Sat Dec 18 2010, 23:52 hrs
Ludhiana : Gurdial Singh's celebrated work is being made into a film

Punjabi film-makers are now turning to literature for inspiration. The
language's sole Jnanpeeth Award winner, professor Gurdial Singh's
well-known novel Anhe Ghore Da Daan is being turned into a film.

The author shares that the movie is being directed by well-known
documentary film-maker Gurvinder Singh, who is a 2001 graduate of the
Film and Television Institute of India (FTTI), Pune, and has assisted
stalwarts like Mani Kaul. "Gurvinder approached me and stated that he
wants to make a film based on the novel. My only condition was that I
did not want him to tamper with the novel and he agreed," says Singh.

Well-known for his writings in the Malwai dialect, Singh's work deals
primarily with the conflicts that take place in the changing and
dynamic times. Talking about the novel, Singh says, "There is a
practice in the Malwa region where Dalits and members of the Schedule
Caste beg at the time of lunar and solar eclipse. They cry out 'anne
ghore da daan' and in return the people from higher castes donate
grains. This novel projects how changing times have forced the Dalits
to move out of villages, as they find it hard to find work there. They
face a similar problem in the urban areas. The conflicts, pain and the
social changes arising out of such a situation is the basic subject of
the film, which has been titled Chann Garahn," says Gurdial Singh,
adding that the shooting of the film will begin in January 2011. This
is the author's second work that will be converted into a film. In the
1990s, his work Marhi da Deeva was made into a film of the same name.


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