The Battle of Saragarhi is now the subject of not one, but two Bollywood films being made on the historical event simultaneously. While Ajay Devgn is making Sons of Sardaar: The Battle of Saragarhi, director Rajkumar Santoshi will be releasing Battle of Saragarhi, starring Randeep Hooda.
Incidentally, Ajay Devgn has faced a similar issue with a historical film years ago as well. In 2002, when he was to star in The Legend of Bhagat Singh, Bobby Deol was also featuring in a film with the same subject, called 23rd March 1931: Shaheed. At the time, Ajay’s film was directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, which gives the Battle of Saragarhi clash an ironic twist.
Hooda made his Bollywood debut in Monsoon Wedding and he garnered praise for his performance. His next project was Ram Gopal Varma’s D, and then worked on a series of critically and commercially unsuccessful projects. He then starred in the commercially successful Once Upon a Time in Mumbai and was subsequently noted for his performance in Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, which earned him an IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor nomination. He garnered further critical acclaim for his role in Imtiaz Ali’s drama Highway and Omung Kumar’s biographical drama Sarbjit.
His latest movie is based on the Battle of Saragarhi that took place in 1897 between British Indian Army and Afghan Orakzai tribesmen in the North-West Frontier Province.
Randeep will play the role of Havildar Ishar Singh, the military commander of the 36th Sikhs in the movie. The film will depict the true story of the 19th century battle when around 12,000 Afghans attacked a British Indian contingent, which also comprised 21 Sikhs who went on to become the heroes of the mission. Going by the first look, the actor will be seen sporting a turban and a beard.
He will undergo physical training to beef up his body to portray the role of a frontier military commander. – CINEWS