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Omung Kumar to direct biopic on Sarabjit Singh

Hansal Mehta who was quite kicked about starting a film on Sarabjit Singh may not be able to direct the film anymore. In fact, recently producer Zeishan Quadri announced that Mary Kom director Omung Kumar will be directing the film and also co-producing it.

Omung confirmed the news, saying, "Yes, I will be directing and co-producing Sarabjit. Even Though I have three scripts lined up, this will be my next film after Mary Kom."

Producer-partner Zeishan Quadri says "We finalized Omung Kumar recently. He's the perfect choice because Mary Kom was both a critically acclaimed film and a commercial success, Omung Kumar will start shooting the film in October and we plan to send it to Cannes next year and release it by the end of May 2016."

Earlier we reported that Subhash Ghai had roped in Sonakshi Sinha to play Sarabjit's sister, Dalbir, for a film on Sarabjit being produced by his banner, Mukta Arts but it was shelved by the production house. The rights are now with Zeishan. And he also has a NOC from Sarabjit's sister and the family. The film will go on floors in the first week of October with a start-to-finish 60-day schedule. It will be shot in and around Punjab.

Though the film is Sarabjit's story, it will be told through the eyes of his sister, Dalbir Kaur. However, the actress is not yet finalized for the role. Sarabjit was convicted of terrorism and spying by the Pakistani court and sentenced to death in 199. Dalbir however started a campaign for his release. Thanks to her efforts and that of the Indian government, Sarabjit's execution was indefinitely delayed. But he was attacked on April 26, 2013 in the Central Jail Lahore and on May 1, was declared brain dead. The following day, he was reported to have died at 12.45 am, and his body was flown back to India where a second autopsy revealed that his vital organs were missing and his skull was broken into two.

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