29 October, 2020

The Love Charger

Uttam Sengupta remembers a surreal visit to the Dera ashram

The Love Charger

The Reel Wonder?

  • Dera claims MSG was shot in 67 days
  • 1.3 million people, total cast of MSG
  • 75,000 candles were lit in a sequence; the number would have been higher but “more candles were not available”.
  • The Dera claims to have constructed the sets in Sirsa in three days, the same which the ‘art team from Mumbai’ said would take a month-and-a-half to make
  • Film proceeds to be used for research on thalassemia, helping HIV+ patients
  • Shooting about to start on a sequel


He was already a grandfather, had been one for several years when I saw him first in 2008. Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim ‘Insan’ was 41 years old at the time. But the Dera Sacha Sauda congregation hailed him as “pitaji” or “pujya pitaji (revered father)”. Dressed in pristine white, offset by a flowing black beard, he looked bored as he addressed the devotees from a rostrum. Video cameras placed strategically...



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