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I first came across this trailer after a friend posted it on Facebook. The trailer starts out with the coach asking a group of hockey players what their names are. The protagonist, Vinay Vimani (Raj Singh), points out that they are all “Singhs.” The movie classifies Singhs to be in five categories: traditional, romantic, desperate, fighter and naughty. The traditional Singh is portrayed as being the outdated father and the “yes man” little brother who keeps his hair. The father is portrayed as being a closed minded individual by stopping Raj from playing hockey; the little brother, who keeps his hair, is seen as trying too hard to impress his dad. Raj, whose hair is cut, is classified as being the romantic “Singh.”The desperate “Singh” is an individual who keeps a dastaar or turban, but he stares at a woman with bad intentions. The fighter “Singh” is a drinker with a haircut who gets in a drunken fight at a club. Sonu plays the naughty “Singh” who makes perverted jokes and acts like an overall lowlife individual. None of the people portrayed are Sikhs, nor are they Singhs. The light in which Singh is portrayed and the actual meaning of Singh and what it represents are exact opposites. Overall the movie ruins the name of the honorary title of Singh and misrepresents Sahib Guru Gobind Singh Ji who gave us the title of Singh and Kaur. It’s advised for all Sikhs to not support this film that disrespects all Sikhs, regardless what stage of Sikhi one is in.
To understand why this movie is highly offensive to ALL Sikhs, it is important to understand the meaning of the word Singh, where it comes from and what it represents. Singh means lion and is the last name given to every Sikh. Singh was the honorary title given to the Khalsa and was a way to instill the spirit of brotherhood, bravery and utmost high moral character at all times. Qazi Nur Muhammad, a poet, refers to Singhs in a rude way, but at the same time he can’t help but show the high merit of the Singhs. In section XLI of his poem, he says:
Living in the 21st century, it is very easy to get caught up and become a victim to the media’s portrayal of what’s socially acceptable and what’s not. The media sends an indirect message to the youth that life is about sex, drugs and money and if you aren’t pursuing either of the three, you aren’t cool. The Sikh lifestyle goes against this strongly, despite what society says. The movie Breakaway depicts a “Singh’s” part in activities that go against the fundamental lifestyle that a Sikh, let alone a Singh lives. Guru Gobind Singh Ji instructed all Sikhs to not look at the opposite sex with malicious intentions and to treat someone who isn’t your spouse as a brother, sister, mother, father, son and daughter and to maintain high moral character every day. The word Singh represents the long history of the Sikhs and the constant struggle the Sikhs have faced in trying to live a Gurmat and pure lifestyle. This movie in effect directly disrespects not only the Sikh saroop given by Guru Sahib, it also disrespects our Guru Sahib who gave us such bakhshish (blessing) of the word Singh.