Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's comeback seems to have hit a rather high note. The actress, who has an anticipated comeback film in Jazbaa, will also be seen in a Karan Johar movie, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. But that's not all, the actress has now gone and bagged the role of Dalbir Kaur, older sister of Sarabjit Singh, in his eponymous biopic by director Omung Kumar.
Sarabjit, an Indian national, was convicted of terrorism and spying by a Pakistani court and sentenced to death in 1991 but the government had stayed his execution for an indefinite period in 2008. In an article in pinkvilla.com, producer Sandeep Singh confirms, "Omung was planning to make something else after Mary Kom but when we narrated him the story of Sarabjit, he was left in tears. That is when he decided to do this film, even though he had decided to not make a biopic again. He was too excited and wanted to go ahead with this film. He roped in a writer and we started working on the film. Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir had come to Mumbai and she met us. We had a great time and we learnt a lot from her."
He added further, "Then we were deciding on the cast and our only concern was that we wanted an actress who is experienced to play this emotional role. We wanted someone senior to play this character. When we approached Aishwarya, she immediately agreed to meet us. I have known her personally. We always wanted to work together on a good film. Aishwarya is very selective about the work that she does and hence as soon as I got this, I approached her and she immediately agreed to do the film. It is a very challenging role."
Though it has not been decided who will play the character of Sarabjit Singh, Sandeep reveals that the film is scheduled to go on floors in October 2015. With a 70 days schedule in Punjab and the aim is to release this film in Cannes 2016 with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
Sarabjit Singh was an Indian farmer, who crossed over to Pakistan in 1990. He is believed to have been mistaken as an Indian spy and was given capital punishment in 1991. However, he was not hanged and instead kept in the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore for 23 years, before he was killed by inmates a few days after the death of Afzal Guru in India.