The Curse of Empire- Cinematic reflection of the horrific Jallianwala Massacre

A dreadful massacre, a stain on civilisation, and the day of sacrifice which still echoes back in the minds of Indians. 13th April 1919 is marked as one of the darkest chapters of India’s freedom struggle movement due to the grim massacre that took place at Jallianwala Bagh in the city of Amritsar. Writers and poets have always taken note of this historic incident and now it’s time for a cinematic move.

TJ Gill is all set to depict the true story of Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in his upcoming movie ‘The Curse of Empire’ which will release in the year 2021. The movie campaign is massively liked by the audiences in UK which is in cognizance of the latest response of the UK Govt on the Jallianwala Bagh incident. And now the Director TJ Gill, Producer Jacqui Miller and the Writer of the film Kent Walwin are here in India in wake of exploring the viewpoints of the Indian public. They also visited the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial in the morning to pay homage to those killed in the incident.

While expressing his thoughts Kent Walwin, Writer, The Curse of Empire said, “I am so ashamed and apologetic for the impact of the crime committed. I mourn the tragedy and my visit aroused a sense of profound shame at what happened in this place. I have visited Jallianwala Bagh and have seen the bullet holes for myself, heard countless stories about this incident and thus very keen to narrate the same to the global audiences out there.”

Jacqui Miller, Producer, The Curse of Empire, described this incident as shameful scar. She said, “I deeply regretted the incident that took place hundred years ago and feel extremely bad for the loss of innocent lives in the deadliest massacre. The pain and grief that has transcended the generations since must never be dismissed or denied”.

TJ Gill, Director said, “A hundred years from then, the British government still fails to render an apology for one of the most heinous crimes it had ever committed. I come from Punjab and I fully understand the feeling not just in this state but all over India. I had also launched ‘Say Sorry and Make it Right’ campaign to issue an apology from the British government for this tragic event.”

The incident took place Colonel Reginald Dyer ordered to fire machine guns into a crowd of unarmed protesters and pilgrims who had gathered in Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab’s Amritsar on the occasion of Baisakhi. The squad fired exactly 1,650 rounds, non-stop for six to 10 minutes making the entire crowd fled or fallen to death, where the walls still bear the highlighted bullet-holes.

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