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Akshay in Deepa’s film on Komagata Maru

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10

The little-known saga of Komagata Maru, a ship which was hired by Malaysian Sikh Gurdit Singh 94 years ago to challenge the policy of exclusion in Canada, is set to get international attention with renowned director Deepa Mehta roping in Akshay Kumar to play the gutsy Sikh.

The movie, which will be shot on an epic scale at a cost of around $ 35 million, will include Hollywood A-listers, according to Mehta who says the movie is an important opportunity for her to “reveal a significant moment in Canadian history and illustrate the steadfast bravery of the Sikh community, who sacrificed so much to help create a more tolerant community within my adopted country.”

The subject and the story of Gurdit is also a revelation for Akshay who says it is an honour for him to play “one of the bravest Sikhs, Gurdit Singh, in this tragic forgotten moment of history.” He avers the films subject has moved him “as it is a true representation and a testimony to human struggles for freedom, justice and equality.”

According to Hamilton Productions, which is producing the film along with Akshay’s home production, Hariom Entertainment, it is a film “with high-level government intrigue, duplicity, racism, spying, military engagements, court battles, sedition and assassination”.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently offered an official apology from a public platform in Surrey (British Columbia), which was in close proximity to the 1914 tragedy. However, many Sikhs have demanded an apology to be issued in the House of Commons as only such an apology would be recorded in history and help to undo part of the pain of the past.

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Akshay in Deepa’s film on Komagata Maru

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 10

The little-known saga of Komagata Maru, a ship which was hired by Malaysian Sikh Gurdit Singh 94 years ago to challenge the policy of exclusion in Canada, is set to get international attention with renowned director Deepa Mehta roping in Akshay Kumar to play the gutsy Sikh.

The movie, which will be shot on an epic scale at a cost of around $ 35 million, will include Hollywood A-listers, according to Mehta who says the movie is an important opportunity for her to “reveal a significant moment in Canadian history and illustrate the steadfast bravery of the Sikh community, who sacrificed so much to help create a more tolerant community within my adopted country.”

The subject and the story of Gurdit is also a revelation for Akshay who says it is an honour for him to play “one of the bravest Sikhs, Gurdit Singh, in this tragic forgotten moment of history.” He avers the films subject has moved him “as it is a true representation and a testimony to human struggles for freedom, justice and equality.”

According to Hamilton Productions, which is producing the film along with Akshay’s home production, Hariom Entertainment, it is a film “with high-level government intrigue, duplicity, racism, spying, military engagements, court battles, sedition and assassination”.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently offered an official apology from a public platform in Surrey (British Columbia), which was in close proximity to the 1914 tragedy. However, many Sikhs have demanded an apology to be issued in the House of Commons as only such an apology would be recorded in history and help to undo part of the pain of the past.

really looking forward to this!

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