Major Punjabi feature film shot in B.C. ghost town explores history of province's first Sikh settlers

In the early 1900s, a young man travels to Canada to earn money for his family back home. After joining a small group of fellow Punjabis working in a lumber mill, he is faced with difficult working conditions, harassment, and discrimination. 

That’s the synopsis of a groundbreaking new movie called “ਛੱਲਾ ਮੁੜ ਕੇ ਨਹੀਂ ਆਇਆ” (Chhalla Mud Ke Nahi Aaya — Chhalla Never Returned) starring acclaimed Punjabi singer and actor Amrinder Gill.

The movie was filmed largely in the gold rush-era ghost town of Barkerville in B.C.’s interior, approximately 120 kilometres south of Prince George. It follows the fictional story of a Punjabi immigrant named Chhalla but is inspired by the true stories of Punjabi workers coming to

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