Salman Khan teams up with Irrfan Khan for his next production.

Salman Khan and Irrfan Khan has joined hands for the former’s next production venture titled ‘Lions of the Sea’. The ‘Madari’ actor will play the lead role in the English historical film, which is based on the Komagata Maru incident, wherein the eponymous steamship carrying migrants from British India were denied entry into Canada.

In 1914, the Japanese steamship Komagata Maru set sail from Hong Kong, then a British colony, to Vancouver, Canada, carrying 376 migrants from Punjab. However, following the prevalent exclusion laws to exclude immigrants of Asian origin, only 24 passengers were admitted, and the rest were forced to return to India. The is significant because it shows a lot about how Canada felt about Asian immigrants in the early 20th century, and it is considered one of the biggest human rights violation of those time.

Irrfan will play the role of a Sikh named Gurdit Singh, who challenged the exclusion laws. 'Lions of the Sea' is expected to roll in 2017, and will shoot across India, UK, Hong Kong and Canada, according to a report in Mumbai Mirror.

"It's a powerful human story of struggle and triumph in which Irrfan will play a Sikh named Gurdit Singh. The story of those Sardars, Muslims and Hindus is relevant even today as we hear and read about the refugee crisis and racial profiling constantly," Amar Bhutala, Chief Operating Officer of Salman Khan Films was quoted saying.

'Lions of the Sea' is Salman Khan’s third production after ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Hero’, which marked the debut of Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty.

Meanwhile, Salman is simultaneously working on his upcoming film ‘Tubelight’ being directed by Kabir Khan and hosting reality show ‘Bigg Boss 10’.