From rock star to actor: Dera Sacha Sauda chief changes roles

Written by VARINDER BHATIA | Chandigarh | Updated: Aug 28 2014, 14:33pm hrs
After rock music, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of religious sect Dera Sacha Sauda, is all set to make his debut in films. The 47-year-old dera chief is currently busy shooting for a Hindi movie that has him in the lead.

The film, whose title is yet to be made public, is expected to hit the theatres in January next year, sources in the dera said. They said it will be a mix of spirituality and entertainment, with a social message at the end. It will also cover several social initiatives in which the dera is involved, they said.

The movie will have five or six songs all written and sung by the dera chief himself. The sources said Singh has also given the storyline for the movie, which is funded by the dera itself and is being directed by Jeetu Arora, who has directed several television serials like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Sources said Singh has also directed the movie in bits and parts.

A Malayalee actress, who has acted in several South Indian movies as well as popular Hindi serials, is playing the lead opposite the dera chief. The dera authorities refused to divulge details of the script or and the name of actress.

A highlight of the movie will be a sequence on a live concert. Guruji held a three-day concert at the Shah Satnam Ji Stadium in Sirsa from August 16. It was attended by around 1.25 lakh followers. The concert will be part of the movie, a source revealed.

Through the movie, the dera plans to reach the international audience. The movie will be dubbed in several Indian languages and will be released in theatres across the country. For the international audience, it will be dubbed in English as well, the dera source added.

The dera chief had recently thrown hints. The movie is aimed at generating awareness about the various humanitarian drives.... While the storyline draws completely from the truth, all the ingredients of action, suspense and drama are being added to make it interesting, Singh had said.

Director Arora, who has worked with several Bollywood stars, is confident the movie will click. It is a very rich project. I can only see a superhit in the making, he said.

On the acting skills of the dera chief, Arora added, As an actor, he is superb. I can say that he is a one-take actor. His dialogues and emotions flow so naturally that you dont even realise he is acting.

The shooting crew along with the technical experts, around 60 of them, are camping in the dera these days. The movie has so far been shot in and around Sirsa. A few sequences will be shot in southern parts of the country, sources said.

Due to our hectic work schedules, we are accustomed to smoking and drinking after we are done for the day. However, it has been nearly 16 days since we are shooting here in the dera, and none of us has touched cigarettes or drinks, a crew member said.