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Omung Kumar to screen Sarabjit biopic at Cannes next year

‘Mary Kom’ director Omung Kumar says that he plans to take his biopic based on the life of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian convict who died in a Pakistan prison, to the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival in France next year.

punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2015 15:18 IST
Omung Kumar

Director of ‘Mary Kom’ Omung Kumar(Photo courtesy-Twitter)

‘Mary Kom’ director Omung Kumar says that he plans to take his biopic based on the life of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian convict who died in a Pakistan prison, to the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival in France next year.

“National Award was unexpected for me and I have always thought about Oscars. So, let’s see. We’re thinking to open it (the film) in Cannes on May 20,” said Kumar.

Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan, was sentenced to death. He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013, and died a few days later.

The biopic is from the point of view of Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur, to be played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who endured severe hardships in trying to get her brother released. The title role will be played by Randeep Hooda.

Kumar says her wish is that Sarabjit biopic gets the same appreciation like ‘Mary Kom’ or perhaps even more.

“Obviously there is pressure as ‘Mary Kom’ had delivered and now people want to know if Sarabjit is just another biopic or will rise above it. We’re wishing for and hoping that it works off well,” he said.

Kumar will begin the shooting of the film in the first week of December in Punjab.