It is the role of a lifetime which Diljit Dosanjh seems destined to play. The Sikh lawyer-activist Gurdit Singh who in 1914 fought for the right of thousands of illegal immigrants from Punjab to enter Canada through the sea.
The role of Gurdit Singh has gone through many hands, Akshay Kumar 20 years ago to Amitabh Bachchan a decade ago. But somehow the director Deepa Mehta felt that getting a real Sardarji to play Gurdit Singh would lend acute credibility to her film. She seems to have now zeroed in on the charismatic Diljit Dosanjh to play Gurdit Singh.
Says a source close to the development, “Honestly the role of Gurdit Singh in Komagata Maru seems to have been written for Diljit. He has the physicality and the emotional depth to play the character. It’s not enough to just be a Sikh actor. The actor playing Gurdit Singh must have a sense of history. Diljit has amply proved it in Soorma where he plays hockey champ Sandeep Singh with disconcerting authenticity. Diljit is the perfect fit for Deepa Mehta’s film.”
One hopes the alliance fructifies sooner rather than later. Diljit Dosanjh says he does not feel the least constrained by his turbaned physicality. “On the contrary I feel I’m in a unique position where roles meant for me come only to me,” Diljit had said.