Harry Baweja's follow up to the enlightening surprise CHAAR SAHIBZAADE in 2014 is likeable and heartfelt enough without being extraordinary. Its greatest quality is the endearing earnestness to say the story of Madho Das - the spartan who becomes the commander of the Sikh army that fights the atrocities and barbarism of the Mughal rulers around three centuries ago to bring peace and sanity to Punjab under the blessings of the tenth Sikh Guru - Guru Gobind Singhji.CHAAR SAHIBZAADE MOVIE POSTER
The animation world which has its versions ranging from 'The Ten Commandments' from the west to 'Ramayana' and 'Mahabharata' from this part of the world, an animated story on Sikh mythology is rare and the first part was a challenge since it is prohibited in the Sikh believe to give any form or shape to their Lord.
But the makers have successfully crossed this hurdle in the first part itself by not giving names of the artiste who have given the voice over and using the image of Guru Gobind Singhji that is seen to all.
Coming in Hindi, Punjabi and English, CHAAR SAHIBZAADE-RISE OF BANDA SINGH BAHADUR is written and directed by Harry Baweja, it takes the story forward from Guru Gobind Singhji's four sons to Madho Das who becomes his disciple in Nanded Maharashtra and fights for human pride, honor and justice from Wajir Khan-the notorious Moghul ruler in Delhi, Punjab.
The voice over artiste do a good job and the movie gives a good insight to those who are not aware of the Khalsa warrior and the intriguing, inspirational, and enlightening story of Madho das and Guru Gobind Singh's four sons.
A mythological has its shares of melodrama and the movie doesn't lack behind to have them. Harry Baweja who directed the first part abstains from holding the megaphone this time and Vansh Kataria does a decent job.
It would have been better if the makers have concentrated more on the preparation of the war part and getting less verbose in the first half.
The second half picks up the momentum and the last 40 minutes are thrilling, exciting and soul stirring as the movie reaches its end.
Technicalities are good and 3D effect is sound enough.
It's good news that within a month, we have seen three animation films in three diverse genres - MOTU PATLU, MAHAYODHA RAMA and CHAAR SAHIBZAADE- RISE OF BANDA SINGH BAHADUR which is in fact a sequel to the two year old hit mythological. India has a sizeable treasure of quality stories for kids genre. The genre needs to be organized properly.