Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to play Dalbir Kaur in Sarbjit biopic, film releases at Cannes 2016

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Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan seems to be on a roll! After signing ‘Jazbaa’, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, the former Miss World has signed ‘Mary Kom’ director Omung Kumar’s next, a biopic on Sarbjit Singh, a farmer from Bhikhiwind in Punjab. In the film, Aishwarya will portray the role of Dalbir Kaur, who is Sarbjit’s older sister.

Confirms producer Sandeep Singh, “Omung was planning to make something else after ‘Mary Kom’ but when we narrated him the story of Sarbjit, he was left in tears. That is when he decided to do this film, even though he had decided to not make a biopic again. He was too excited and wanted to go ahead with this film. He roped in a writer and we started working on the film. Sarbjit’s sister Dalbir had come to Mumbai and she met us. We had a great time and we learnt a lot from her.”

He adds further, “Then we were deciding on the cast and our only concern was that we wanted an actress who is experienced to play this emotional role. We wanted someone senior to play this character. When we approached Aishwarya, she immediately agreed to meet us. I have known her personally. We always wanted to work together on a good film. Aishwarya is very selective about the work that she does and hence as soon as I got this, I approached her and she immediately agreed to do the film. It is a very hard working and challenging role.”

Probe Sandeep about who will play Sarbjit’s role and he says, “It will not happen so quickly. We have just completed a difficult casting of Dalbir Kaur.”

The makers have already chalked out the shooting schedule and plan to release the film in May 2016. “The film is scheduled to go on floors in October 2015. It is a 70 days schedule in Punjab and we aim to release this film in Cannes 2016 with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan,” revealed Singh.

Sarbjit in 1990, while farming, unintentionally crossed the border and entered Pakistan after having a couple of drinks. He was mistaken as an Indian spy and was given capital punishment in 1991. However, he was not hanged and instead kept in the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore for 23 years, before he was killed by inmates a few days after the death of Afzal Guru in India. During his 23 year long jail tenure, Dalbir got to meet Sarbjit only thrice and put in all efforts to get him released. Sadly, she was unsuccessful and hence decided to let her brother's real story out through the film.

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