Salman Khan is taking his producer skills to the next level and is all set to produce ‘Lions of the Sea’, a historical film based on Sikhs. It will retell the tragic tale that occurred in 1914, of the 376 Sikh passengers after they had escaped the British-colonized Hong Kong, on the Japanese ship ‘Komagata Maru’ and were travelling to Canada but were later denied entrance. This film aims to combat any racial stereotypes against Sikhs, as they have been accustomed to previously in the past.
Salman Khan will partner up with Toronto-based Indian tycoon, Ajay Virmani to make the historical film. Irrfan Khan, who is known for his roles in ‘Life of Pi’, ‘Inferno’ and more, is set to play the lead role of Gurdit Singh, who was a Sikh lawyer advocating for the rights of those who were denied entry into Canada, 102 years ago.
“SKF is delighted to join hands with First Take and participate in telling the story of the Komagata Maru incident. ‘Lions of the Sea’ is a film based on a true incident which depicts heroism of all those who were on board and challenged the racial policies of the British Empire,” said Salman Khan.
“It is imperative to tell this story as it mirrors the current global refugee crisis. “Lions of the Sea” will allow us to embrace multiculturalism, diversity and bring humanity closer together,” added Salman.
This epic story, which has forever changed the immigration policies of Canada, is set to film in India, U.K., Hong Kong and Canada, and is also the first film to be produced under the India -Canada co-production treaty.
“It’s an honour to a partner with Salman and SKF once again to ensure this historic story, which has challenged many racial laws in the western world is finally told. The issues of racial acceptance and due processes are at the heart of the story and continue to be relevant in today’s world. We were pleased and humbled that the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier this year recognised and apologised in the House of Commons for the unjust treatment committed against these migrants.” says Dr. Ajay Virmani of First Take Entertainment.”
“We are excited to announce this production will commence in 2017 as we celebrate Canada, its diversity as well as its 150th anniversary. This film will be co-produced by Vinay Virmani and Pauline Dhillon.” added Dr. Ajay