Recently “Sher-E-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh”, an upcoming TV show which highlights the inspirational journey of Sikh leader Maharaja Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh empire was launched in the capital at a glittering event. The launch event started with a power packed, heart winning Punjabi dance (please see the video).
Sher E Punjab – Maharaja Ranjit Singh is an Indian historical fiction produced by Abhimanyu Raj Singh and Rupali Singh of Contiloe Entertainment. This Historical Fiction Drama is based on the life and sacrifices of Sikh Ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh empire, who also has the distinction of the last Indian to hold the famed Kohinoor diamond and for gold-plating the Golden Temple.
The TV show will be premiered on Life OK on 20th March 2017 and will be aired daily on weekdays, Mon-Fri 8:30 pm. Award winning Omung Kumar is behind the designing of gigantic life like sets, and royal costumes have been done by Manoshi Nath and Rushi Sharma.
According to Abhimanyu Singh, CEO, Contiloe Pictures, “Maharaja Ranjit Singh always looked up to everyone equally and ruled fairly. The beauty about his time was that he kept all enemies away and created ‘akhand’ (United) Punjab. No capital punishment was given when he was the leader. Everyone was given a second chance. There was tremendous law and order. That’s why we thought of making a show like this,” he added.
Keeping in mind the sentiments of the Sikh community, Abhimanyu said that they have done a lot of research for the show. The TV show has been shot across locations in Rajasthan and Maharashtra, he further added.
Chandigarh based 14 year old actor Damanpreet Singh is going to play the title role of young Ranjit Singh, Shaleen Bhanot and Sneha Wagh as his parents Mahaa Singh and Raj Kaur, Tunisha Sharma as younger Mahtab Kaur, Sonia Singh as Sada Kaur, and Rumi Khan as Gurbaksh Singh Kanhaiya are the other prominent actors in this historical show.
Abhimanyu added that they had a hard time choosing the actor to play the role of young Ranjit Singh. After having auditioned more than 150 candidates, he said at one stage they were even contemplating not to go ahead with the show. But then they came across, Damanpreet, who was finally chosen for the lead role.
In an informal chat with us, Damanpreet said playing the leader on screen is an honour for him. “I have read about Maharaja Ranjit Singh ji in school. I am in ninth class right now. It’s an honour for me to portray him on national television.
Watch the mesmerising dance show at the Launch