Udhampur 2nd November, 2023 : 50 show series of acclaimed Hindi film ‘Gulab Gatha’ commenced here today at Government College for women, Udhampur with two successful opening shows. Conceptualized, scripted, designed and directed by Pardamshree Balwant Thakur this biopic film is produced by Maharaja Gulab Singh Memorial Trust and executed by Natrang Jammu. Packhouse audiences which largely comprised college students and faculty members enjoyed the film thoroughly and appreciated the each succeeding sequence with repeated applauds. Few students went to the extent of demanding this film to be shown to every student of Jammu & Kashmir for various false narrative corrections. The local collaboration and support was extended by the Department of History and Heritage Club of Government College for women, Udhampur. Prof. Anjali Mahajan the Principal GCW, Udhampur was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Speaking on behalf of Natrang, Neeraj Kant presented an overview about the production process and the story of the making of Gulab Gatha. On the occasion he thanked Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman of Maharaja Gulab Singh Memorial Trust for supporting and inspiring Natrang to produce a film on a great warrior and visionary Maharaja Gulab Singh who created this largest princely state of India. It took Balwant Thakur and his team of scholars, creative people, designers, and actors over three years on research and the mobilisation of resources in creating this master-piece ever produced in Jammu & Kashmir. This is a must see film for one and all.
The film ‘Gulab Gatha’ is about the journey of a soldier who achieves great success at everything he initiated. His unquestionable obligatory obedience towards Lahore Durbar, his unconditional sacrifice and his conception of a kingdom has been regarded and given value in this. The greatness of leaders is not just in their works but in the way they have been appreciated and personified in the eyes of the people. Napoleon was a military and political hero of France and Alexander has been applauded for his greatness for his conquest. Gulab Singh as an emperor held the same qualities of being a courageous warrior. He was a normal person with no lineage of royalty but he established himself as a King with the help of his bravery and continued to keep a hold on his empire because of his well-planned strategic and diplomatic intelligence.
The most noteworthy part of the film was the dynamic acting by the local artists who simply created magic on screen with their highly professional performances. Sunil Kumar Palwal a meritorious pass out of FTII and popular TV/Film actor has done a great job in portraying different shades of the life of Maharaja Gulab Singh. The lead lady of the film is played by Gauri Thakur. The prominent amongst others who gave remarkable performances included Arvind Anand, Madan Rangeela, Sudhir Jamwal, Suresh Kumar, Janak Khajuria, Anil Tickoo, Sanjeev Gupta, Neeraj Kant, Vijay Bhat, Subash Jamwal, Sumeet Sharma, Gaurav Jamwal, Rahul Sharma, Aftab Singh Chauhan, Meera Tapasvi, Aarushi Thakur Rana, Brijesh Avtaar Sharma, Lalit Kumar, Aman Sharma, Akshay Razdan, Kanav Sharma, Jatin Sharma, Brighu Sharma, Sumeet Raina, Naresh Kumar, Udit Sagar, Sushant Singh Charak, Vanshika Gupta, Sanket Bhagat and Shivam Sharma.
Technical crew included Maloop Singh (Technical Director) Sanjay Kumar (Cameraman), Kamal Sharma (Makeup), and Neeraj Badyal (Film Editor), Sartaj Singh (Production) Mohd Yaseen and Gaurav Jamwal (Coordination)