The trailer of a biopic on Sarabjit Singh, the Indian national who was convicted of spying and terrorism-related activities by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, was released to much acclaim on social media.
Directed by Omung Kumar, the maker of 'Mary Kom', 'Sarbjit' is the story of a man largely believed to be the victim of a mistaken-identity. The SC decision remains controversial. The film features Randeep Hooda, Aishwarya Rai and Richa Chadha in pivotal roles.
While Hooda plays the titular role, Rai essays the part of Dalbir Kaur, Singh's fiery sister who fought a relentless yet unsuccessful battle to get her brother released from Pakistani prisons.
According to facts listed on Free Sarabjit Singh, a website started in Singh's support, he was kept in solitary confinement for 19 years in a cramped room that didn't even allow him any space to stand upright. Innumerable protests, mass-campaigns, mercy petitions, most of them mobilised by Dalbir and a few Human Rights activists, yielded nothing and Singh was allegedly murdered in cold-blood in April 2013 by jail inmates.
An autopsy conducted by Indian doctors revealed a broken skull and vital organs missing.
The film's trailer manages to elicit anger at the supposed injustice and torture suffered by Singh and his family members. Particularly impressive is Aishwarya, who appears to be in top-form after a disastrous turn in 'Jazbaa', her comeback vehicle from last year.
It's possible that two members of the film's cast might just nail the National Awards as the film is bound to resonate widely with the Indian audiences and members of the film-fraternity. 'Sarbjit' releases on May 20.
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