Randeep Hooda to play Havlidar Ishar Singh in ��Saragarhi�۪

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


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Randeep Hooda’s next has finally been announced. The actor will study Sikh history, learn sword-fighting and shooting with vintage rifles in the next month-and-a-half to prepare for his role in the Rajkumar Santoshi film.

After proving his mettle yet again and garnering high acclaim for the biopic ��Sarbjit�۪ (2016), Hooda is now gearing to go into battle with a period action-drama based on the historic battle of Saragarhi. Hooda will portray the role of Havlidar Ishar Singh, the military commander of the 36th Sikhs, today known as the fourth Battalion of the Sikh Regiment. The film is being helmed by writer-director Santoshi, who cast the actor after watching his performance in ��Sarbjit�۪ as the filmmaker believes only Hooda can do justice to the part.

Hooda is known for his effortless blending into any role that he takes up, bringing about real characters to life on reel with much aplomb. And he is now set to do the same for his sixth biopic ��Saragarhi�۪ as he will undergo strenuous preparations for his role as the Sikh soldier.

���For the next month-and-a-half, Randeep will be studying Sikh history under a guru, learning sword fighting and shooting with vintage rifles. He is already a master of horse riding and has been visiting the stables more often in the last few weeks. He has the body language of a warrior and he will be beefing up to resemble Ishar Singh. He has already started growing out his hair and beard,�۝ says filmmaker and CEO, Wave Cinemas, Rahul Mittra, adding that Group Chairman, Raju Chadha has signed Randeep on board for a three-film-deal with the focus on the big budget first production, ��Saragarhi�۪.

He further adds, ���Taking care of the sentiments of the Sikh community is of utmost importance and Randeep is extremely serious about the prep. Being a Sikh soldier means embracing calmness and pure forms of warfare, there can be no frivolous behaviour and Randeep has completely submerged himself into the part.�۝

��Saragarhi�۪ follows the events around September 12, 1897 where 10,000 Afghans of the Orakzai tribesmen attacked a British Indian contingent, comprising of 21 Sikhs, stationed at an army post in the North-West Frontier Province, now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. During the battle, Ishar Singh suffered severe wounds but refused to surrender and fought to his death.

In recognition of his supreme sacrifice, the British Parliament posthumously awarded him the Indian Order of Merit. Two Saragarhi Gurudwaras were built to commemorate the soldiers.

The mahurat shot will take place with Hooda at the Saragarhi Gurudwara in Amritsar on 12th September.