A superstar and a megaperformer, we are talking about the two Khans of the industry — Salman Khan and Irrfan Khan. Salman is planning his upcoming film as a producer and he has joined hands with none other than our international star Irrfan Khan. And the news got us excited. Salman Khan is ready to roll a new film under his production house and the film’s title is also out, Lions of the Sea. The film is said to be an English period drama, based on the Komagata Maru incident.
The film is said to feature Irrfan Khan in the lead and will roll in mid-2017. The shoot for the film is scheduled in India, UK, Hong Kong and Canada.
Before this, Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Athiya Shetty, Sooraj Pancholi’s debut film Hero have been made under Salman Khan’s banner.
A Mumbai Mirror report has a quote from Amar Butala, Chief Operating Officer of Salman Khan Films, “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 pre-production and will announce the director and the rest of the cast in the next few days,” he said.
“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,” Salman who has partnered with Ajay Virmani on the film said while addressing the media. He also 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.”
Going by the more details of the Komagata Maru incident, it involved the Japanese steamship of the same name on which a group of Indian citizens, comprising of 340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims, and 12 Hindus, all subjects of the British Raj, attempted to immigrate to Canada in 1914. The steamship sailed from Hong Kong, another British colony, via Shanghai, China, and Yokohama, Japan, to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, carrying the passengers from Punjab. Of them, only 24 were admitted to Canada and the ship was forced to return to India. The incident was the first in a series in which Canada and the US used their exclusion laws to bar immigrants of Asian origin in the early 20th century.
Irrfan Khan and his presence are well felt through in critically acclaimed international projects of his . A few of which are Salaam Bombay, Namesake, A Mighty Heart, Amazing Spiderman, Slumdog Millionaire, Jurrasic World and Inferno. In Bollywood too, his works like Piku, Maqbool, Paan Singh Tomar cannot be missed. Thus, we cannot wait for this upcoming project of his.