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Filming of Martyrs Docu Feature

By May 23, 2012

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Nihang Mangal Singh pictured below is an amateur actor chosen for his skill in the gatka sword dance. He and his co-star Nihang Ranjit Singh are real life Nihang warriors who tied themselves together back to back and fought off dozens of assailants in real life hand to hand combat using traditional weapons while filming a scene in the documentary film Martyrs Docu Feature (Shaheed).

The director Jagmeet Singh Samundri is shown here tending a wound Mangal Singh sustained during filming.

I had the opportunity to see the Martyrs Docu Feature and became immediately enthralled as the documentary is a synopsis of the history of martyrdom (shaheed) in Sikhism and covers many of the same topics I write about.

Martyrs Docu Feature Sikh History Documentary Film: Review

The History of Martyrdom in Sikhism
Shaheed - Martyr

The Siege of Anandpur (1705)
Flight From Anandpur (December 1705)
Battle of Chamkaur (Dec 1705) Martyrdom of Elder Sahibzadas

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May 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm
(1) Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook says:

That must be a very intense documentary!

May 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm
(2) colleen says:

I can’t tell what is happening. Hands tied? Shaking hands?

May 23, 2012 at 12:50 am
(3) Dianne - Bunny Trails says:

Sounds like a very interesting documentary. It had to be fascinating to watch those two fight. Unfortunate about the injury, though.

May 23, 2012 at 1:16 am
(4) Indrani says:

Sounds thrilling!
The sketch in the above post is excellent.

May 23, 2012 at 1:32 am
(5) Liz says:

I hope the wound isn’t that bad.

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May 23, 2012 at 1:50 am
(6) iMaddy says:

I hope Mangal Singh wasn’t seriously injured. I think in the states they would use fake weapons. I remember seeing an interview with Jackie Chan. He said it’s easier to do stunts in Hong Kong because there are all sorts of safety precautions when he films in America.

May 23, 2012 at 11:32 am
(7) Susan says:

Film is a wonderful way to tell a story.

May 23, 2012 at 11:43 am
(8) Molly Hall says:

Sounds like a very realistically filmed scene, taking risks to depict the ‘real life’ of warriors.

May 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm
(9) CARMEN says:

very interesting! Your entire blog is very interesting!
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Have a nice evening! Happy WW! :)

May 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm
(10) Robin from Israel says:

That sounds like a very dangerous form of dance/martial arts, I hope he wasn’t seriously injured.

May 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm
(11) aquariann says:

Ouch! I don’t have the guts to figure out if I’d be good at sword dancing or not.

May 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm
(12) phylameana says:

I think it is a really good idea for the film to be played in the schools, perhaps as part of a culture study, to help kids understand their Sikh classmates

May 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm
(13) Art of RetroCollage says:

What a film!

May 23, 2012 at 11:05 pm
(14) Kulbir Colin Singh Dhillon says:

Its quite simple; if Jagmeet Singh is behind this project then rest assure that boundaries will be broken and a new standard in Sikh documentaries will have set. Jagmeet understands that it is absolutely paramount to take the viewer on a wonderful journey, to show them the most routine of acts as if it’s the first time you are witnessing it. The documentary should shown to all communities, and it must be used as the ‘benchmark’ for our communities documentaries.

May 24, 2012 at 5:18 am
(15) Newlyweds Guide Francesca says:

It certainly sounds interesting. But I hate to see someone get injured. That’s a shame. I hope he’s all right.

May 24, 2012 at 6:54 am
(16) Nancy says:

It’s terrible that this sword fighter sustained an injury, but I certainly understand the director’s desire to show history as it truly happened.

May 24, 2012 at 7:32 am
(17) NS Gill says:

I don’t understand why it’s the director who is treating an injury, but then it’s not in the U.S. where lawsuits are so common.

May 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm
(18) secret mom thoughts says:

Intense film.

May 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm
(19) Donna PIlato says:

I guess that’s the risk when you go for authenticity. Luckily the injury doesn’t look too serious.

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