Bachchan family, others attend ‘Sarabjit’ screening


Ahead of its release on Friday, May 20, Omung Kumar’s biopic ‘Sarabjit’ was screened at a Mumbai theatre on Wednesday night, May 18. The premiere was attended by several celebrities from the film industry, besides the cast and makers of the movie.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who plays the lead role attended with her husband Abhishek and parents in law Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya. Her parents Krishnaraj Rai and Brinda, and brother Aditya were also present.

Speaking at the event, the former Miss World said, “As a team we always make movies to bring it to the audience. So we’re glad that today onwards it’s open to all of you to view and we hope that you appreciate the efforts of the team.”

“It’s a very sincere piece of cinema straight from the heart. Most important for us as a team is that this is being made very sensitively, keeping in mind the sensitivity of the subject and the members of the family (Sarabjit Singh’s family) most importantly,” Aishwarya added.

The ‘Jazbaa’ actress also noted, “…And the fact that Dalbir ji (Kaur) and her family feels validated, that’s been by far the most precious aspect, that was something that meant a lot to me personally and to the whole team.”

‘Sarabjit’ is based on the real story of the struggles of Dalbir Kaur to get justice for her brother Sarabjit Singh who inadvertently ventured into Pakistani territory and was wrongly convicted of terrorism and espionage and languished in jail for 23 years.

The movie was premiered at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival on May 15. It has also been made tax-free in Uttar Pradesh by the state government.

“The hope and attempt for the whole team to see where all it can be tax-free. But right now, we would like to thank Uttar Pradesh chief minister (Akhilesh Yadav) wholeheartedly. It means a lot and it means that the film will reach far and wide,” Aishwarya said.

Randeep Hooda, who plays the title role of Sarabjit arrived with his sister. He said that he was nervous before doing the film, but now that it is over, it is an excitement to share it with people.

Regarding the challenges of playing the character, he said, “It is challenging and that’s the way it should be. If it is not challenging then you should not do it.”

Riteish Deshmukh, Ali Fazal, Manish Paul, Saqib Saleem, Athiya Shetty and Hussain Kuwajerwala were also present at the screening. Darshan Kumaar, who plays a pivotal role of a Pakistani lawyer Awais Sheik who fights for Sarabjit’s release, also attended the event.

Director Omung Kumar, along with producers Bhushan Kumar with his director wife Divya Khosla, Jackky Bhagnani and his sister Deepshika Deshmukh were also spotted.

Also starring Richa Chadda, ‘Sarabjit’ hits theatres tomorrow.