In the last five years, Bollywood has produced an overwhelming number of biopics. We have seen films based on the lives of sportsmen (MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Azhar, Mary Kom, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Dangal, Soorma), actors (Sanju), gangsters (Haseena Parker, Omerta, Daddy), social workers (PadMan), historical figures (Padmaavat) and extraordinary citizens (Neerja, Sarabjit, Rustom, Shahid, Manjhi).
However, despite inundating audiences with celebrity stories, Bollywood is in no mood to slow down. In fact, if anything at all, it’s upping the ante. The heroes it is choosing to celebrate are getting bigger and their stories more dramatic.
The latest name in the series is the film based on the life of VC Gabbar Singh Negi. Gabbar Singh Negi (21 April 1895-10 March 1915) was a soldier in the British Indian Army during World War I and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Film Producer Lucky Bisht (Laxman Singh Bisht) has recently bought the rights from VC Gabbar Singh Negi’s family. He has signed an agreement worth 51 Lacs with his grandson Kundan Singh Negi.
“We are planning to sign an A-lister for the lead role. It would be a big budget setup and we are already in touch with some large studios to bring the story of the legendary hero on the silver screen. We are planning to bring it to the world by the end of 2020.”, said Lucky Bisht, Producer, Lucky Commando Films.
Gabar Singh Negi was born at Manjood village near Chamba, Tehri Garhwal District in British India. He joined The Garhwal Rifles in October 1913. In World War I, he participated as a Rifleman from 39th Garhwal Rifles of British Indian Army. On 10 March 1915, he was martyred in the age of 19 Years while fighting against German troops at Neuve Chapelle, France which led to his being awarded the Victoria Cross.
“Research work has already been started. A panel of 3 Bollywood writers will do research and prepare a script for the film. Through this film we would like to showcase the world the bravery, heroism and sacrifice of the forgotten hero VC Gabbar Singh Negi.”, added Lucky Bisht.
The Gabar Singh Negi Fair is held annually in his memory in Chamba. In 1971, the Garhwal Rifles adopted the Fair, to give it a much-needed boost. A memorial was constructed; and with the inclusion of army traditions in the ceremonies, the Fair started attracting villagers from far and near to pay their homage to this brave soldier. Every year, on 20 or 21 April (depending on the Hindu calendar), the area around the Negi Memorial in Chamba comes alive with many kiosks being set up. This is the only fair of its kind in the state.