In pics: Aishwarya Rai looks deglam, Randeep goes rustic for Sarabjit

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2016 14:15 IST
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the first look of Sarabjit. (Twitter)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s first look as Dalbir Kaur in Sarabjit biopic is here. The 42-year-old actress looks every bit the brave and gritty campaigner who fought for her brother’s release from Pakistani jail for decades.

Dressed in a simple salwar suit, the actress is pictured sitting at a desk, lost in thought. Aishwarya got a vote of approval from Dalbir herself who recently commented, “She is the right choice. I came to know that while shooting a scene for the film earlier, she turned emotional. I strongly wish that film should depict the hardships faced by Sarbjit Singh during his life time especially the time he had spent in the Kotlakhpatrai jail of Lahore in Pakistan where he was killed in a murderous attack by one of the jail mate.”

A few days ago, Aishwarya was photographed as she shot for the film in Golden Temple. Clad in Punjabi suit with her head covered with a dupatta, the actress paid obeisance in the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple. Thereafter she went to langar (community kitchen) of the Golden Temple where she cooked food and cleaned the floor.

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Directed by Oomung Kumar, the film is slated to release on May 20. It will be shot in various cities of Punjab including Amritsar, Malerkotla and Patiala. Earlier, Randeep Hooda -- who plays Sarabjit -- had shared his first look for the film. The actor has lost a lot of weight for the role.

Sarabjit died after a brutal attack by jail inmates in a Pakistani jail in 2013. He was convicted of terrorism and spying by a Pakistani court and sentenced to death in 1991 but the government had stayed his execution for an indefinite period in 2008.

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His sister and family started a campaign for his release saying he was the victim of mistaken identity and had inadvertently strayed across the border in an inebriated state.

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