Friday, November 13, 2009

Punjabi film world’s take on female feticide – Akhiyan Udeekdian
Lakhwinder Wadali to debut with Akhiyan Udeekdian
Akhiyan Udeekdian celebrates girl child

Chandigarh, September 22
Akhiyan Udeekdian – the latest venture of director Mukesh Gautam – is yet another milestone in Punjabi cinema.
All set to release on October 2, the movie will be debut of famous singer Lakhwinder Wadali and lady-in-lead Roshni Singh. Set in the backdrop of female feticide rampant in Punjab, Akhiyan Udeekdian is a family entertainer with elements of melodious music, high voltage drama, soothing romance and hilarious comedy, said the director Mukesh Gautam while interacting with media persons today.
“With Akhiyan Udeekdian we celebrate birth of a girl child. It’s unfortunate that having daughters signifies a stigma rather than pride. It’s this cord that Akhiyan Udeekdian would share with the viewers,” said the Lakhwinder Wadali, son of Sufi maestro Ustaad Puran Chand Wadali and winner of best sufi award by ETC Channel music award 2008.
Gautam added that Akhian Udeekdian is an effort to awaken minds against female feticide so that together we can fight this stigma. “It hurts when Punjab – known for its valor, hard working people full of self esteem – are dubbed as killers of unborn. The protagonist of this movie echoes concern for this problem and offers a solution,” reveals Gautam.
In the film, a mother decides to give birth to a baby girl, bearing all odd ends and pressure from various quarters to abort the baby. She wins this battle by giving birth to a talented girl child, but sacrifices her own life.
Sharing frame with Lakhwinder would be debutante Roshni Singh, Guggu Gill, Sudesh Lehri and Rana Ranbir. Davinder K Bobby and Gaurav Bagai are the film’s producers.
Gurmeet has produced the melodious sound track with music giant HMV Sa Re Ga Ma marketing the album that has already created waves among the listeners. Screen play and dialogues are done by Sukhwinder Sukhi, a noted comedy actor and writer in Punjab. Singers Shreya Ghoshal, Labh Janjua, Sunidhi Chauhan and Lakhwinder Wadali have lent their voices for the movie.
Director Mukesh Gautam has been working in television and films for last 20 years. During turmoil days in Punjab, he remained at Pakistan border (Tarn Taran/ Mand area) for about two years and created real life films with terrorists' victims, their own families, police encounter etc. etc.
This was the time when nobody could dare to enter in the interiors of Punjab. He reported from Chandigarh itself. Another noteworthy project he did was India's Most Wanted, which is considered as the origin of crime based programme in India. He also did award winning docu-film on Waris Shah along with the biographical films on Baba Bulleh Shah and late Bibi Surinder Kaur, an immortal singer of Punjab.
He is currently working on two feature films. One is Aroona, based on organ transplant and another is Surkhab that revolves around a young boy, who loses everything including family in ‘84 riots. He rises from the ashes and becomes biggest name in fashion industry. All he does is by adopting a peaceful path without creating any hue or cry or raising slogans against the system or begging for the compensation. This film is going to be produced by PTC Network.

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