Sara Ali Khan and Karan Johar have unveiled the first motion poster for their upcoming film, Ae Watan Mere Watan', at the 54th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.
Karan Johar gives sneak peek of Sara Ali Khan’s character in Ae Watan Mere Watan; watch
The thriller drama features Sara Ali Khan in the lead role of freedom fighter Usha Mehta. Filmmaker Karan Johar took to Instagram to share a sneak peek of Ae Watan Mere Watan, captioning the video with, ““Aazad aawazein, qaid nahi hoti” #AeWatanMereWatanOnPrime, coming soon only on @primevideoin. @apoorva1972 @somenmishra @saraalikhan95 #KannanIyer @darabfarooqui @dharmaticent."
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Earlier this morning, Prime Video reinforced the emotions the song had evoked, with a panel discussion held at the Entertainment Society of Goa, on the making of this thriller drama and its role in serving as a source of inspiration for modern-day audience. The session started with a felicitation by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Mr. Sanjib Shankar. The 60-minute conversation focused on how India’s rich historical heritage can be brought to life and used to garner lessons for a positive social and cultural impact in present day India through the powerful medium of storytelling. The session saw producers Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta of Dharmatic Entertainment and Aparna Purohit of Prime Video, discuss how filmmakers and creators use the art of storytelling to portray the history and its varied lessons with the help of cinematic brilliance and immersive world building for modern audience. Kannan Iyer, the director, and co-writer of the movie stressed upon the various challenges one faces when a narrative is based on true historical events, critical role of world-building to depict the era the story is based in and bring forth the quintessence of the narrative. Lead actor Sara Ali Khan shared on how such content not only keeps rich history alive, but motivates the younger generation to draw inspiration from the same to create a better tomorrow.
"At Prime Video, we're committed to delivering compelling and rooted stories that resonate with our viewers while showcasing the diverse cultural and historical tapestry of our nation," shared Aparna Purohit, head of Originals, India & Southeast Asia, Prime Video. "With Ae Watan Mere Watan, we are delighted to bring forth an untold chapter from the deep annals of our history, a tribute to the unsung heroes who shaped India's path to freedom. This riveting narrative, accompanied by a heart-pounding soundtrack and the exceptional portrayal of Sara Ali Khan as a freedom fighter, creates a poignant and unforgettable experience that proudly echoes… Ae Watan Mere Watan!"
Producer Karan Johar shared, “IFFI is in its 54th year and is a truly majestic and magnificent festival which has grown from strength to strength. Every time I have been here, I have always felt the infectious energy of true love for cinema.” He added, “Ae Watan Mere Watan is truly inspiring, and we just needed this story to be told. We have tried to tell some stories, inspired by true events that have spoken volumes about the love for our country, and this film is that. We are very excited to be here at IFFI, for the audience to catch a glimpse of this film that will be premiering next year.”
Added Producer Apoorva Mehta on the world-building of the film, “When you are making a period film, it is important to be true to that time and period. There was a lot of work undertaken through the creative process to recreate the look and feel of the pre-independence era. I am happy to share that we have created a beautiful film, which we cannot wait for the world to watch. Ae Watan Mere Watan is a tribute to the unsung heroes and the fight that they put up in various forms. The story has a very important message to stand up for your rights and injustice, and I am confident that the audience will enjoy this film.”
Co-writer and director Kannan Iyer shared, “We have remained true to the essence of actual events that took place during the Quit India Movement of 1942. Having said that, I would like to add that we have taken creative liberties to make this story engaging for the audience. I would like to share that Sara has been so open to every nuance of the character she plays. She is a modern young woman, who transformed into the part so seamlessly. I would like to thank her for being on this journey with me.”
Lead actor of the film Sara Ali Khan shared, “This is a story that deserves to be told. There is so much history that this country has to offer, so many unsung heroes. Their stories have the ability to inspire the nation and coming generations. Through this film we are attempting to showcase their sacrifices, their bravery and their love for the nation, during the freedom struggle. To me Ae Watan Mere Watan is the ultimate love story – love for your country is the epitome of love and that is what the story is about.”
Ae Watan Mere Watan is produced by Dharmatic Entertainment, Karan Johar's production company. The film is set to be available on Amazon Prime Video, with Johar expressing excitement over the positive response to the extended version. The film's release on Netflix has reaffirmed the brilliance of Indian cinema, with Shah Rukh Khan expressing pride in its success on the streaming platform.
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