Aishwarya Rai, Randeep Hooda’s ‘Sarabjit’ to join Oscar race

Omung Kumar’s biopic which released in May, could not bring in expected results at the counters despite great performances by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Randeep Hooda and Darshan Kumaar. Randeep had underwent drastic transformation for the titular character in the film.

However, the film is likely to compete for the prestigious Academy Awards. The makers of the film are planning to send the movie as one of the contenders for India's entry to the Oscars.

The film’s co-producer Vashu Bhagnani confirmed this saying, "We will send it as an entry, independently or in the race with other films. We will channelize our energy to make sure ‘Sarbjit’ is in the race to become India's entry to the Oscar this year."

Sarabjit’ which was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival days ahead of its theatrical release, will also be competing for the National Film Awards as well.

“The film has already been screened at the Cannes Film Festival where it was highly appreciated and loved by the audiences. We will also enrol the film as one of the competitors in the bid for National Awards,” Bhagnani added.

‘Sarabjit’ is based on Indian farmer Sarabjit Singh who crossed over to Pakistan in an inebriated state in 1990 and was convicted of terrorism and spying. He was incarcerated in Lahore Jail for 23 years before being killed by his inmates following the execution of Parliament attack-convict Afzal Guru in 2013. 

The film revolves around the fight and struggle of Sarabjit’s elder sister Dalbir Kaur, played by Aishwarya, for justice to her brother. 

The film also starred Richa Chadda.