Back in 2012, we saw the release of Ajay Devgn‘s film Son of Sardaar that was a comedy. Now three years on, we hear that the actor producer will be making a sequel to the film titled Sons of Sardaar 2. However, the interesting bit about the sequel is that unlike the original that was a comedy, the sequel will be based on a real life story that has an important reference in Indo-British history.
In fact we hear that the ambitious magnum-opus is being touted to be on the lines of Hollywood historical action thrillers for which the actor has chosen a tale which resounds of grandeur in its unparalleled tryst in history. As for the story, it is learnt from reliable sources that Sons Of Sardaar 2 is based on the historic Battle of Saragarhi which was fought before the Tirah Campaign on September 12, 1897 between 21 Sikhs of the 36th Sikh Regiment (now the 4th Battalion of the Sikh Regiment) of British India, defending an army post, and more than 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen.
For those who haven’t heard of the Battle of Saragarhi, this famous battle occurred in the North-West Frontier Province, which formed part of British India in the late 1800s. The area is now called the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and is part of contemporary Pakistan. During the battle the contingent of twenty-one Sikhs from the 36th Sikh Regiment led by Havildar Ishar Singh chose to fight until death and is considered by some military historians as one of history’s great last-stands. Sikh military personnel and Sikh civilians commemorate the battle every year on 12 September, as Saragarhi Day as the battle was given the honor of a regimental holiday.
Apart from this there are several myths around larger than life actual battle of Saragarhi. The epic poem ‘Khalsa Bahadur’ is in memory of the Sikhs who died at Sargarhi. Punjabi literature resounds of the bravado of the 21 Sikhs who fought until death instead of surrendering to the Afghans. In fact the Battle at Saragarhi is one of eight stories of collective bravery published by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). It has been mentioned as one of the five most significant events of its kind in the world which includes the Battle of Thermopylae associated with the heroic stand of a small Greek force against the mighty Persian Army of Xerxes I in 480 B.C.
As for the film, Ajay Devgn will commence work on Sons of Sardaar 2 once he completes his directorial venture Shivaay, that is slated to go on floor this December. Son Of Sardaar 2 is expected to hit screens on Diwali 2017.