In a new Indo-Canadian project The Lions Of The Sea, Irrfan will play the legendary immigrant Sikh Gurdit Singh who in 1914 campaigned for the entry of 376 Punjabi passengers who had travelled on a ship called the Kamagata Maru into Canada but were denied access into their adopted country.
This is not first time that that Irrfan plays a turbaned Sardarji. In director Anoop Singh’s Qissa Irrfan gave a stellar performance. That film too needed ample preparation.
This time Irrfan would have to undertake rigorous research to prepare for his part. Says the film’s co-producer Ajay Virmani, “This is a very important film for the Sikh community, and for Indians who have struggled to make a place for themselves on foreign shores. We brought Irrfan on board because we needed a brilliant Indian actor with an international stature. Irrfan is known globally. He would be able to carry our film’s message to the farthest shores. We chose Guru Nayak Jayanti to announce the project.”
Interestingly Akshay Kumar was another actor who was keenly interested in playing Gurdit Singh.