“I have ample faith in my fans, they have accepted me as a Sufi singer and I am sure they will embrace me with open arms as an actor as well,” said Satinder Sartaaj at an event in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Apart from being a popular Punjabi singer, Satinder is all set to make his film debut in a Hollywood project ‘The Black Prince’ which is based on the last king of Punjab Maharaja Duleep Singh; the youngest son of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. He will play the title role of Maharaja Duleep Singh. The singer, who mostly sings Sufi and folk songs, says, “The director Kavi Raz felt I have an uncanny resemblance to Maharaja Duleep Singh and that is one of the reasons why I was approached for this role.”
According to him, the movie demanded a protagonist with a ‘subtle personality’ and was quick to add that, “The team felt I would do justice to the character.” The flick also stars veteran Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi and 32-year-old Madhurima Tuli. Amanda Root, Jason Flemyng and Keith Duffy are among the Hollywood actors who will star in the film. The movie produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is a bilingual English-Hindi film. Satinder further says, “Most of the dialogues are in English but we have also given a Punjabi background to the movie by including words from the Punjabi language,” adding, “The project gave me an opportunity to star alongside a legend like Shabana Azmi who really helped me with my acting skills.” He says the veteran actor, who will star as the king’s mother Maharani Jind Kaur, polished her Punjabi-speaking skills in order to play the role to perfection. The Sufi singer was in the city to launch his new music album ‘Hamza’.