Official poster of Aishwarya’s ‘Sarabjit’ unveiled

The first official poster of the much-awaited biographical drama ‘Sarabjit’ has been unveiled. The film’s director Omung Kumar and lead actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with BJP leaders Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari launched the poster on Monday.

The poster features a bespectacled Aishwarya in a de-glam avatar. Her expression is an amalgamation of sorrow, anxiety and stress. Actors Richa Chadda, Darshan Kumar and the film’s producers Bhushan Kumar, Vashu Bhagnani and Sandeep Singh were also present at the launch event at AmitShah’s residence in New Delhi.

Sarabjit Singh was an Indian farmer in a Punjab village bordering Pakistan. In 1990, the farmer inadvertently crossed over to the neighbouring nation in an inebriated condition. He was convicted of spying and terrorism and imprisoned at Lahore Jail where he remained for 23 years before being killed by his inmates. His elder sister Dalbir Kaur who treated Sarabjit like her son, fought tooth and nail to get him released, but in vain. The movie depicts the determination and struggles of Dalbir to bring her brother back home.   

Aishwarya plays the role of Dalbir Kaur while Randeep Hooda essays Sarabjit’s character. Richa plays Sarabjit’s wife Sukhpreet, while Darshan plays Pakistani lawyer Awais Sheik who fought to get justice for Sarabjit.

"I would like to congratulate the team for making a film on this topic and wish them success for the film. It's the story of a young man, who gave away all his life for his nation. I hope that the message of the film should reach to every part of India. Dalbir Kaur and Sarabjit Singh's struggle will motivate everyone," Shah said at the event.

"It's a very important topic for our country and its citizens. It's a very sensitive topic and tells the struggle of a sister and her brother. It will definitely inspire the young generation of our country," Gadkari said.

Talking about her experience, Aishwarya said, "It's a subject we are all very familiar with and those who are not, we were very keen that they get to know this story because it's a very important one that we as a nation would need to understand, recognise and respect. I feel extremely honoured to play the part of Dalbir Kaur, a lady I immensely respect."

Director Omung Kumar said, "It's a true story based on a sister's struggle. It's a political story. We wanted to create awareness through a different way. That's why we decided to launch first poster at Amit Shah's residence."

Asked whether he should get another National Award after his debut directorial ‘Mary Kom’, Omung said, "We have made the film with wholehearted effort. It would be great if I get another award."