MUMBAI: Sarbjit Singh died in a Pakistan jail after a fellow inmate assaulted him, but Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda, who plays Sarbjit in his next, Sarbjit, claims the film does not show Pakistan in a bad light.
“I don’t think there is any Pakistan bashing per say in the film. But yes, there are a lot of prisoners over there and some are subjected to atrocities. I am not sure if that happens here as well…If you treat somebody for such things just because of their nationality and not their crime, then, if it happens in India or Pakistan, it is always wrong,” the actor said.
Randeep added that the film merely chronicles the life of a common man, who was stuck between the political climate of India and Pakistan. “The film is based in a Pakistan prison. But there is nothing that we are bashing a country like Pakistan. It’s just a situation where a normal person is stuck between the political ups and downs between the two countries.”
The actor was speaking at a special prayer meet organised to commemorate the third death anniversary of Sarbjit who died on May 2, 2013. The film’s entire cast, including Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Richa Chaddha, Darshan Kumar and producer Jacky Bhagnani were also present along with Sarbjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur, his wife and a daughter.
Filmmaker Omung Kumar says he hopes that his upcoming biopic ‘Sarbjit’ gets released in Pakistan also as there is nothing objectionable in the movie.
We are sending the film to them for their Censor Board. There is nothing objectionable in the film. We would like it to release everywhere. We have just told the facts and these are from both sides, India as well as Pakistan,” Omung told PTI.
Sarbjit is scheduled to release on May 20.