Punjabi singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj becomes first-ever turbaned Sikh to walk the red carpet at Cannes | Sikh Vogue
- Edited by The economic Times
- Jul 17, 2017
He is the first turbaned Sikh to walk the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival. With the release of “The Black Prince” on July 21, the acclaimed singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj marks his acting debut in “The Black Prince”, essaying the character of Maharajah Duleep Singh.
Joined by a cast of stalwarts including — veteran actress Shabana Azmi as Rani Jindan, Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) as Dr. Login, the foster parent for the Maharajah, English stage, screen actress Amanda Root (The Iron Lady), who portrays the bold role of Queen Victoria; , the exiled King’s Mother. The film also features Keith Duffy, David Essex OBE, Canadian actor Rup Magon and Sophie Stevens in supporting roles.
The film has already evoked massive curiosity in the Punjabi diaspora overseas.
“After Ranjit Singh, Duleep Singh is mentioned very little in history. The film tells as to how he was exiled as a child, how he struggled to take back his kingdom, and how he sacrificed everything to regain what was rightfully his. Duleep’s existential struggle finds a place in the film,” he says.
“A lot of research was put into the film as a panel of 11 historians worked together on the project.”
It remains to be seen if the film would be able to create a wave of intrigue in India and the UK as the story touches upon the historically significant and priceless Kohinoor diamond, which was purportedly gifted by a young 13-year-old Maharajah Duleep Singh to Queen Victoria in a ceremony held in 1850, at Buckingham Palace, London.