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Last Updated 20.03.2019 | 10:30 PM IST
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Sohail on Friday, The 13th

I PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN is akin to an examination for two people associated with it Sohail Khan and Puneet Sira. For Sohail, he has to prove himself on two fronts as actor and as producer. The youngest brother of Salman Khan is yet to establish and make a mark for himself as an actor, what with his debut film MAINE DIL TUJHKO DIYA not faring as expected. I PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN being his second release, his career as an actor depends on how the film fares at the ticket window. If it clicks, it will consolidate his position in an industry where fortunes change every Friday. But if it doesn’t, it will reflect on his forthcoming films, mainly the solo-leads. As producer, this is his first outing after parting ways with Bunty Walia. Though Sohail had learnt the ropes of production in his earlier films, he is handling the day-to-day functioning, besides dealing with distributors, for the first time independently. Naturally, a lot depends or how the film fares. But Sohail faces one more examination on Friday, the 13th when his film opens worldwide. At the first exclusive screening of his film, attended by his family and close friends at a suburban theatre, he is visibly relaxed. “But I am getting nervous as the D day approaches,” he tells me. But it would really be interesting to know how the international audience, in U.K. specifically, reacts to the film, since it depicts racism in the country. “I am sure they [the Englishmen] would take it in the right spirit. I am depicting a reality that exists even today,” he smiles.

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