The Big Picture 1989 Sikh Character

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The Big Picture 1989 – Sikh Missionary?

Director

Christopher Guest

Genre

Comedy

Sikh Rating

2

Stars

Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Writer

Michael Varhol, Christopher Guest

Producer

Michael Varhol, Richard Gilbert Abramson

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Release Date

1990

About the Movie

Nick Chapman graduates from film school, and his short film wins a special prize. This gives him a high enough profile that he can get Hollywood to back the film he has long dreamed of making. Studio exec Allen Habel is interested. But Nick soon is seduced by Hollywood and makes one concession after another until his original movie is lost altogether. Worse, Nick is lost, too, turning on girlfriend Susan and old buddy Emmet. Will he come to his sense before everything is lost?

The Big Picture is a slow moving easy rider which has its own 90’s charm. The best thing about this movie is the music video of the song  “The Whites of their Eyes” that Nick (Kevin Bacon) makes for the imaginary band of the movie The Pez People. The short appearances of Martin Short are also quite remarkable.

Sikh Character in The Big Picture

Alright to the Sikh character in the movie. This one is a weird one because what you see on the screen is a Caucasian person all dressed in white Chudidaar Kurta Pajama walking out of a theatre. He definitely looks like a convert to Sikhism. The scene is setup for Kevin Bacon to meet his friend Lori from the film school academy while he is looking at the movie “Tess”. This scene actually starts the transformation of Nick in the movie from a self obsessed maniac to a humble self who starts his journey by reuniting with his good friend from his school days. Transformation? Resurrection?

The Sikh character is just a walker in the background coming out of the theatre. This would be just one of many other Sikh characters in the background as part of walkers or crowd, but it strikes a distinction that he is actually wearing a cross around his neck. Now the facts are very clear:

  1. He is wearing white Chudidaar Kurta Pajama.
  2. Distinctly wearing a Sikh turban.
  3. He is wearing a cross around his neck.

So whats happening? A Sikh convert wearing a cross around his neck. Is it meant to be a sarcasm? Is it a nod to multi-religion belief? Cant be a coincidence right? Anyway, this appearance along with the Sikh characters appearance in Hereafter, are my two confusing mysteries that I hope to solve. If anyone has a theory… leave a comment.

 

The Big Picture 1989 Sikh Character
The Big Picture 1989 Sikh Character
Sikh Missionary walking out of the Cinema
Sikh Missionary walking out of the Cinema

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Where it scored

  • Intriguing the curiosity with a Sardar wearing a Cross.

Where it lost

  • Its just a walker...