A video that purports to show a group of Sikh soldiers in good spirits despite being wounded in battle is actually a behind-the-scenes candid video shot while filming a movie.
The video, posted by the Facebook page ‘Punjabi’ has been shared with a caption that says, ‘Just one word. Support these brothers wholeheartedly’. It has been shared nearly 19,500 times since it was first posted on January 6, 2019.
Sikh soldiers with lacerations to the face are seen waving and smiling to the camera. A watermark of ‘gurstar’ and ‘official_gurstar’ can also be seen.
Meanwhile, Kartar Singh Sarabha’s song ‘Hind Wasiyo Rakhna Yaad Sanu’ can be heard playing in the background
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The men in the video are actors and not soldiers. The video was made during the making of the movie ‘Subedar Joginder Singh‘ which was released in April 2018. The film is a biography on Subedar Joginder Singh, who was posthumously awarded India’s highest military gallantry award, the Param Vir Chakra.
Below is a tweet from the Indian Army’s official Twitter handle.
23 October 1962. Subedar Joginder Singh was the Platoon Commander in NEFA when the Chinese attacked in large strength on the Bum La axis.He and his men inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy. For his act of valour and sacrifice he was awarded #ParamVirChakra (P) @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/CEAFianK69— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) October 23, 2018
BOOM also found other Instagram videos on the handle ‘official_gurstar’ or Gurcharan Singh, a Punjabi model and actor. The film also stars popular Punjabi film actor Gippy Grewal
Gurstar also posted a video of him removing his makeup after the shooting a fight sequence for the film.
Below is a trailer of the movie.
A previous version of the story incorrectly stated the release date of the movie as April 2008 instead of April 2018.