After producing films like Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Hero and Freaky Ali, Salman Khan will now be producing Lion of the Sea which is based on the infamous Komagata Maru incident. Shooting begins mid-2017 with schedules in India, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Canada.
Reportedly Irrfan Khan playing the character of Gurdit Singh, one of the Sikh passengers on board.
“Lions of the Sea is a film that depicts heroism of all those who were on board and challenged the racial policies of the British Empire… 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. We have begun work on the preproduction and will announce the director and the rest of the cast in the next few days,” confirmed Amar Butala, Chief Operating Officer of Salman Khan Films to a leading daily.
Irrfan is currently busy shooting for Homi Adajania’s ‘Takadum’ and will start preparing for this intense role sometime next year.
Addressing the media, Ajay Virmani, Salman’s partner for this project, added, “It is imperative to tell this story as it mirrors the current global refugee crisis. Lions of the Sea will allow us to embrace multiculturalism, diversity and bring humanity closer together.”