Nawazuddin plays feared dacoit Sultana Daku

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Nawazuddin: Preparing to play this character his entire life

Freaky Ali star Nawazuddin Siddqui will be playing the role of Sultana Daku, a dreaded dacoit, in his next film The Confession of Sultana Daku.

A London-based production house  has offered the role to Nawazuddin.

The film is an adaptation of a book written by Sujit Saraf, set in pre-independence India, on the life of the UP dacoit.

The film is to be directed by Heeraz Marfatia, who has assisted filmmakers like Shekhar Kapur and Oscar winning Roland Joffe.

“Nawaz has lived and dreamt stories of Sultana Daku since he was a child. In a way, he has been preparing to play this character his entire life without even knowing it,” director Heeraz Marfatia said in a statement.

Daku is the famous Sultana, a Muslim, who terrorized the  Utter Pradesh in the 20s  of the last century.

Daku was a swashbuckling dacoit who rode a horse named Chetek and had a pet dog named Rai Bahadur.

He was born into the Bhantu clan of criminals. He was ultimately captured by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Pearce and was sent to the gallows. Working along with Pearce was the Deputy Superintendent of police named Freddie Young. This young man did not want Sultana to be hanged and he visited Sultana in jail many times and also went to Delhi to petition the higher-ups to pardon Sultana.

But the pardon never came and Young met Sultana before his hanging and asked for his last wish.

Sultana requested Young to adopt his 7-year-old son and bring him up as a ‘sahib’. Young agreed and later sent the boy to England for studies.  Freddie Young’s grave is in Bhopal. He had retired as Inspector General Prisons at Bhopal. – CINEWS

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