Verdict: Enlightens and entertains people of all age groups.
Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur is arguably the most awaited movie of 2016. The most prominent reason being the worldwide success of its prequel, Chaar Sahibzaade, which was a mesmerizing experience. It's indeed a tough task to come up with a worthy sequel/follow-up. Will Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur meet the monumental expectations?
Director/producer Harry Baweja has a tough job on hand and a major responsibility on shoulders. But there's good news. Like its predecessor, Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur is a sparkling example of qualitative cinema. Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur not only entertains, it also enlightens.
Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur strikes a fine balance between emotions and showcasing bravery. The war portions are executed with panache, the drama is attention-grabbing and the emotional quotient is strong enough to turn you moist-eyed. The marriage of emotions, technique and content is what drives Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur to the winning post.
Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur starts off from where Chaar Sahibzaade ended. Guru Gobind Singh Ji and his family get to know that his younger sons and mother have been killed by Nawab of Sirhind. He moves to Nanded and meets Madho Das, who calls himself ‘Guru da banda’. So he gets renamed Banda Singh Bahadur and gets trained in gatka (Sikh martial art). Guru ji enlightens him about Sikh history and values and once trained, he sends him to Punjab help the poor and needy. During the journey, he gets to know about the ruthlessness of Nawab of Sirhind as well as the demise of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. He swears to walk on the path shown by Guru ji and wins over Sirhind.
Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur is one of the best-constructed, well-written and extensively researched movies to grace motion picture screens in recent years. It's pretty evident that Baweja has invested ample time on this script. As a director, he is at par with his previous outing, Chaar Saibzaade. He has deftly executed a number of sequences like when Mata Sundri Ji comes to know about the demise of her four sons; Guru Gobind Singh Ji offering his last speech; the climax where Banda Singh imagines what all must’ve happened at Sirhind.
Music (Jaidev Kumar, Rabbi Shergill, Nirmal Singh, Harry Baweja) is soothing. Bande Da, Deh Shiva will be greeted by war cries while Bade Chavan naal and title song enhance the emotional quotient of the movie. Animation (Prime Focus) is world class. Cinematography (Rowena Baweja) is first-rate. Dialogues (Baldev Gill) are the high point of the movie. The voice artists have done a wonderful job.
On the whole, Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur is a sparkling follow up to Chaar Sahibzaade. Its strength lies not just in bravery and courage of Banda Singh Bahadur, but also reliving the teachings of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Qualitatively, it's a worthy sequel which deserves repeat viewing and even at the box-office, Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur will march towards the winning post in the next few days.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
There are movies aplenty, but very few remain etched in your memory and possess recall value. Chaar Sahibzaade – Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur is one of those films. Indisputably and undeniably, this movie is worth the price of the ticket and more. Go watch the acts of bravery of Sikhs of 17th and 18th century and enlighten your kids. A must watch for all age groups!
— By Gurlove Singh