Posted by: Singh Is King | Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dhillon declares war against drugs in Punjab

Actor Mangal Dhillon, who became a household name with his strong performances in serials, has been on spiritual sabbatical, producing-directing films on Sikhism. His latest venture, however, is a reality-based documentary, titled “Sarvnash”, which deals with the issue of drug abuse. Tomorrow onwards, shows of the film would be organized in schools and colleges across Punjab, informing students how an adventure trial of drugs could prove deadly.

“The film is like a 90-minute class, which would have dramatized accounts of addicts, with testimonials of doctors and councilors. We want that the state government and NGOs should come forward to promote the film so that it reaches the masses, even though it is not a commercial film,” he said.The film would be screened in the Government College for Women, Ludhiana, tomorrow and talks are on with Khalsa College, Amritsar, to hold a special show of the film on October 18.

“Initially we thought of making a commercial film with a budget of Rs 1.5 crore but the only apprehension was that the real message would get diluted. We wanted the film to hit the audience bang on, without any exaggerations,” he said.

“I am also working on a handful of other projects like ‘Western Tribute to Sikhism’, which would be completed by early next year,” he said.

“Starting with ‘Khalsa’, which was the first of its kind film of Sikh history, I have made half-a-dozen films with a religious flavor and all of these have been research-based projects,” he said.

Dhillon said he would make his comeback on the big screen with “Shahadat” which he would be producing and directing as well. The film would also be made in Hindi and English, besides Punjabi.

Students’ rally

Amritsar: Students of Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary Public School held a rally against drug addiction. The rally passed through the G.T. Road, Central Jail road and several bazaars of the city and culminated at Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School.Children carried placards, posters and hoardings about the effects of drug addiction. They exhorted the people specially youth to shun drugs.


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