The Hush Post: Punjab’s famed hockey village Sansarpur comes alive on the Pollywood screen this year with `Khido Khundi’. Depicting the rich hockey legacy of the village, the movie is a blend of fiction and non-fiction. The movie traces the golden age of Indian hockey in which Punjab, particularly Sansarpur, made a major contribution to Indian hockey.
‘Khido Khundi, which literally means ball and hockey stick, is a story about two Punjabi NRI brothers settled in England. They aim to revive the game of hockey again in their village Sansarpur where their father used to once be the caretaker of the hockey field before migrating to England. With the help of village youth, they form a team and later challenge an English Club in a three-match series.
Sansarpur, a village in the Jalandhar cantonment, has a rich hockey legacy. The world-famous village has given 15 Olympic medals, including eight gold and a silver. And all the Olympic medallists are from one clan ‘Kulars’. There were five players from Sansarpur in the 1968 Moscow Olympics squad and in the same Olympics, another two, with roots in Sansarpur, were part of Kenya.
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Depicting the rich Olympic legacy of the village, a Punjabi movie ‘Khido Khundi’ will capture the essence of the game. It also depicts the current scenario, where Sansarpur has lost its sheen. While a major part of the movie has been shot in Sansarpur, some scenes have been shot in London.
To be released this month, the movie stars Ranjit Bawa and Mandy Takhar in lead roles. The movie is being directed by Rohit Jugraj.
Rohit Jugraj is famous for his Pollywood projects Jatt James Bond and Sardarji. Rohit is also famous for his Bollywood projects Players for which he wrote the screenplay. He has also assisted Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ram Gopal Varma.
Old Olympic clips from the years 1920 to 1968 have been used in the film.
Khido Khundi will be the first Punjabi film that will be based on hockey. Jugraj said that this movie is very close to his heart.