Based on a popular folk song and set in the historical period of Mir Manu that is notorious for large scale massacre of the Sikhs, Sundri is a symbolic representative of that milieu. Nawabs and courtiers were bent upon annihilating the Sikhs. The rulers were lustful and tyrannical. Hindus as a class failed to meet the challenge. At the best they could offer compensation to get back the captured girls.
The story depicts incidents and events which inculcate universal brotherhood and love for humanity. A Sikh girl treats an injured Moghul sepoy but on learning that she is a Sikh woman he attacks with his dagger. Surasti, the earlier name of Sundri, was forcibly taken away by the Moghul official and left to the destiny by her own husband and father.
Sundri depicts the story of the Sikh women during those hard times, where they remained steadfast and composed, facing ordeals and hardships but still smiling in the name of the Guru.
Bhai Vir Singh a poet, scholar and exegete, is a major figure in the Sikh renaissance and the movement for the revival and renewal of Sikh literary traditions. His identification with all the important concerns of Sikhism was so complete that he came to be honored as Bhai, the Brother of the Sikh Order, very early in his career.
Bhai Vir Singh started as a writer of Sikh romances which proved to be the forerunners of the Punjabi novel.
His writings in this genre - Sundri (1898), Bijay Singh (1899), Satwant Kaur (published in two parts, I in 1900 and II in 1927)- were aimed at recreating the heroic period (18th century) of Sikh history. Through these novels he made available to his readers typical models of courage, fortitude and human dignity.
“Sundri the movie” is the animated adaptation of Sundri: a revolutionary literary masterpiece of Bhai Vir Singh Ji. The Vismaad Team sincerely hopes that this movie continues to inspire the humanity the same way as the novel has been, for more than 100 years.
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