Fans are in for an extra dose of patriotism over the course of the next 2 years. From war films like Manikarnika and Battle of Saranghi to sports films like Soorma and Gold, filmmakers are out to pluck at your heartstrings. But it isn’t just Bollywood that’s venturing into patriotism. Singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh dons a uniform for his upcoming Punjabi war film, Sajjan Singh Rangroot for which the trailer released on Tuesday. The film is directed by Pankaj Batra and marks the debut of Punjabi singer Sunanda Sharma. It also features Yograj Singh, Jagjeet Sandhu, Dheeraj Kumar, Darren Tassell and Peter Irving.
Sajjan Singh Rangroot traces the journey of soldiers in the Indian British Army’s Lahore Regiment during World War 1. The intense trailer talks about the bravery of the soldiers who fought despite being outnumbered by the Germans. It also explores issues of discrimination and alienation and the effects of war on a soldier’s psyche. A heart wrenching dialogues delivered by the cast will undoubtedly strike a chord with the audience. At one point Diljit says, “I see all the martyred soldiers, Subedar Sahib,” to which Yograj Singh, former Indian cricketer and actor replies, “This is the bitter truth of war, son.” Judging from the trailer, Yuvraj Singh’s father plays the role of Subedar Sahib and his deep voice seems like the driving force of the film.
In an interview with the Indian Express earlier, Diljit said, “I feel blessed to be a part of this prestigious project. It is indeed my dream project and is closest to my heart.” Diljit had also posted a heartfelt post for his 59-year-old co-actor for continuing the shoot despite his deteriorating health.The trailer ends with an unanswered question when Diljit asks, “Will the blood they shed during the war be valued?” This will be answered on March 23 when the film hits the screens. Diljit will next be seen in Welcome to New York starring Karan Johar, Sonakshi Sinha and Lara Dutta. He is currently working on Soorma based on the life of Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh opposite Taapsee Pannu.