Ekam – Son of Soil
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|Ekam-Son of Soil|
|Directed by||Mandeep Benipal|
|Produced by||B S Maan (Khant)|
|Written by||Babbu Maan|
|Starring||Babbu Maan, Mandy Takhar, Mohitinder Bawa, Bhagwant Maan|
|Music by||Babbu Maan|
|Edited by||Hemant Chavan|
|Release dates||23 April 2010|
|Running time||148 minutes|
|Budget||20 million (US$320,000)|
|Box office||52 million (US$840,000)|
Ekam – Son of Soil is a 2010 Punjabi film directed by Mandeep Benipal (who earlier assisted Gaurav Trehan in Hashar) with story, screenplay and dialogues by Master Tarlochan Singh, produced by B S Maan (Khant) and Darshan Singh Grewal (executive producer), and starring Babbu Maan, Mandy Takhar, Mohitinder Bawa, Bhagwant Mann, Amrik Gill, Binnu Dhillon, Anita Shabdeesh, Tarsem Paul, Surinder Rehal, Garry Waraich and Ravinder Mand.
Ekam – Son of Soil released on 23 April 2010 globally. The film was a super hit in Punjabi cinemas until Mel Karade Rabba was released. Ekam was the second top movie of 2010 with Mel Karade Rabba being first, breaking all Punjabi cinemas records.
Ekam – Son of Soil is about family relations and family disputes. It's a triangular love story full of comedy and emotions. It's about village life and a journey of a hero from metro city to a village where he helps not just the poor farmers but also the drug ridden youth. He gives away his land to the villagers.
Ekam (Babbu Maan) returns to India from Australia because of his father's (Jagmeet Singh) wish. His father wants him to stay with him and his second wife (Sheelam) and her son (Monty). His wish is to see his entire family live happily together, but Ekam realises that he is not accepted by his stepmother and stepbrother. He misses his real mother who is no more. Corrupt MLA (Iqbal Singh) is a close family friend and a business partner to Ekam's family. Iqbal Singh's daughter Navneet falls in love with Ekam. In spite of their different thoughts they become close and want to live life together, to which their families have no issues. All efforts from Jagmeet Singh are not able to bring his family together; he is deeply hurt and one day dies of a heart attack.
After his father's death Ekam is on a crossroad. He does not know where to go. He decides to fulfill his father's wish and moves to his ancestral house in the village, where he has lot of childhood memories. Once he reaches the village he comes across problems faced by villagers and how they are exploited by politicians and others. Ekam fights for their rights and brings a positive change to the village. This is not accepted by MLA Iqbal Singh who sees Ekam as a threat to his vicious plans. He warns his daughter Navneet to stay away from Ekam. But Ekam, a "true son of soil" cannot be stopped from achieving his goal.
The film revolves around the current scenario of Punjab and its problems.
|Tarsem Paul||Jagmeet Singh|
|Surinder Rehal||Iqbal Singh|
The film was mostly shot in Babbu Maan's own village (pind), Khantmaanpur, Punjab and places like Chandigarh, Kharar and Banur.
Like most Punjabi films, Ekam – Son of Soil was promoted in a very contemporary way. Babbu Mann used the simplest promotion by holding press conferences in Canada and UK. In India, he visited several cineplexes to promote the film.
The film released on 23 April 2010.
The film opened to a good response at the box office. It was a big hit in Punjab, UK and Canada.
The soundtrack is composed by the critically acclaimed singer/music composer/lyricist Babbu Maan, who also plays the lead role in the film. The musical soundtrack has of eight original songs.
|Ekam – Son of soil|
|Soundtrack album by Babbu Maan|
|1||Lor||Babbu Maan||Babbu Maan||04:41|
|2||Holi||Babbu Maan||Babbu Maan||03:51|
|3||Kohra||Babbu Maan, Aarti Gill||Babbu Maan||04:49|
|4||Pind||Babbu Maan||Babbu Maan||04:59|
|5||Sharabi||Babbu Maan||Babbu Maan||04:44|
|6||Mitti||Babbu Maan||Babbu Maan||03:30|
|7||Chan||Babbu Maan||Babbu Maan||05:19|
|8||Rail||Babbu Maan, Aarti Gill||Babbu Maan||04:14|
Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from most music lovers.
- "Ekam – Son of Soil: Complete cast and crew details". Cine Punjab. Retrieved 2011-03-15.