Dalbir Kaur and her family have suffered a lot of pain. But when we met her recently to talk about the film, Sarbjit, which is based on her brother, late Sarabjit Singh’s life, she looked emotional yet calm. We spoke about her deceased brother, and she told us how her world turned upside down when he was convicted in Pakistan, in 1991, for allegedly working as a spy.
Starring Randeep Hooda (as Sarabjit), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (as Dalbir) and Richa Chadha (as Sarabjit’s wife), the film is set to hit the theatres on May 20. It has been produced by T-Series, Pooja Entertainment and Legend Films. When asked about how she felt about Aishwarya essaying her character in the film, Dalbir says, “I was happy. It was nice to know that a woman of her calibre was essaying my character.”
Dalbir recalls that she got emotional when she visited the sets of the film. “In one scene, Aishwarya was on the phone, and she was being informed about Sarabjit. She was speaking exactly like how I had spoken back then. I broke down watching her,” says Dalbir.
She adds that the making of the film has been an emotional journey for her. “For people, a film was being made. But for me, it was like history repeating itself. I was remembering all the past incidents, and the pain that I had gone through,” says Dalbir.
Talking about the bond she shared with her brother, Dalbir says, “I never thought of Sarabjit as my brother. Since the beginning, I was more like a mother to him (smiles).” She says unlike most siblings, they rarely fought. She recalls, “Whenever we did, it was mostly over makkhan (butter). I used to deliberately eat some of it off his plate, and he used to crib about it.”
She also blames the Indian government for losing her brother. “The government didn’t support me in my fight. If PV Narasimha Rao (former Indian Prime Minister) was serving, we wouldn’t have faced such a situation. There has been failure on the government’s part,” says Dalbir.
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“I can never forget the first time I met Dalbirji. It was on the first day of the shoot. I had seen and heard her on TV earlier. Her positivity shone through. Her energy, her struggle, her pain, and her love is inspiring and admirable. One thing I have learnt from Dalbirji is how to live for others. She not only fought for Sarabjit, but continues to fight for others. Her indomitable spirit and countenance are unmatchable,” says Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
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