Although initially sensationalised due to it’s hard-hitting storyline and drama, a personal bond has also formed between the actors of ‘Sarbjit’, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Richa Chadha and especially Randeep Hooda with Dalbir Kaur, the real life sister of the late Sarabjit Singh on whom the movie is based.
Bachchan will essay the character of Sarabjit Singh’s sister on screen and when asked what he discovered about the former Miss World whilst shooting for the film, Hooda confessed ��”After working with her [Aishwarya], I realised that she is loving, motherly and a protective sister. I don’t know if people are aware of that side of her. Like Dalbir, she, too, is a strong woman.”
The actor of ‘Highway'(2014) fame was dumbfounded when he came to know Kaur had suggested his name to play the protagonist, implying his suitability in appearance and talent to do justice in presenting the story of her late brother to the masses. Hooda admitted, “I didn’t pay attention back then. I had seen Sarabjit in the news. Later, somebody forwarded an article to me about Dalbir and the kids wanting me to play Sarabjit in his biopic. I was unaware that a movie on him was being made till I got a call from director Omung Kumar.”
The 39 year old ��is grateful for the connect they now share and is delighted that Dalbir Kaur has relayed her fondness of the actor by extending rights usually reserved for��close family alone, “The biggest reward for me is that Dalbir wants me to offer my shoulder to carry her body when she dies.”
Sharing further accounts of their emotional relationship, Hooda recalls, “I��was shooting a scene in the cell when somebody whispered that Dalbirji��is here. After the scene, I went to check the monitor, and I sat on the chair next to her. We looked at each other and we were in tears. It was overwhelming. I just hugged her and she started kissing me. Since then we have formed a bond. I am still in touch with her.”
Promotions of the movie are currently in full swing, and both the trailer and song teasers have been well received by audiences, generating a hype towards the build up of its release on 20 May.