On the occasion of Baisakhi, a significant festival for the entire country, it will be particularly memorable for producer Guneet Monga of The Elephant Whisperers. In an interview, Guneet reveals why this Baisakhi is extra special for her.
The Elephant Whisperers’ producer Guneet Monga reveals why this Baisakhi is “extra special” for her; says, “I am married and have an Oscar”
Guneet told Hindustan Times, “This Baisakhi is extra special as I am married and have an Oscar. I also have my parents this time (referring to her in-laws). I lost my parents very early in life. So, I am looking forward to my mother-in-law feeding me the amazing things she cooks.”
Talking about her Baisakhi rituals, Monga said, “Baisakhi has always been all about going to the gurdwara. I would go to Bangla Sahib (a gurdwara in Delhi). Even if I wasn’t home on Baisakhi, I would manage to find a gurdwara wherever I was. I remember I was in Goa once and while all my friends were partying, I was like, ‘Mujhe gurdwara jaana hai’.”
She recalls her early years and remembers how her parents would make a big effort to do sewa on Baisakhi. “They taught me all the things I do on the day of the festival. From having langar to making phirni at home — we kept the rituals quite simple. The idea of sewa was inculcated in me by my parents. I would see my parents make a lot of food or get it made by someone. Then, my dad would load all that on a truck and distribute food items like kheer, chole, samosas to people. The day is all about gratitude,” Monga concluded.
Guneet Monga is a prominent Indian film producer known for producing critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies. Apart from producing films, Monga is also the founder of the production house, Sikhya Entertainment, which focuses on producing content-driven films. She has also been actively involved in promoting and supporting women’s rights and gender equality in India. She is the producer of the 2023 Academy Award-winning documentary short film The Elephant Whisperers.
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