Omung Kumar's 'Sarbjit' might have failed to work wonders at the box office but that doesn't deter Randeep Hooda from going the experimental path once again. The actor has been roped by Rajkumar Santoshi to play Havlidar Ishar Singh, the military commander of the 36th Sikhs also known as the fourth Battalion of the Sikh Regiment, for his period action-drama based on the historic battle of Saragarh.
Santoshi's romcom with Salman Khan has been put on the backburner and the director is currently working on this project. Saragarhi follows the events around September 12, 1897 where 10,000 Afghans of the Orakzai tribesmen attacked a British Indian contingent, comprising of 21 Sikhs, stationed at an army post in the North-West Frontier Province, now Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
During the battle, Ishar Singh suffered severe wounds but refused to surrender and fought to his death. In recognition of his supreme sacrifice, the British Parliament posthumously awarded him the Indian Order of Merit. Two Saragarhi Gurudwaras were built to commemorate the soldiers — one in Amritsar next to the main entrance of the Golden Temple, and the other the Ferozepur Cantonment where many of the soldiers had hailed from.
Randeep will be shooting the mahurat shot at the Saragarhi Gurudwara in Amritsar on September 12. Meanwhile the makers have unveiled Randeep's first look from the film.
A Mumbai Mirror report quoted Rahul Mittra, film-maker and CEO of Wave Cinemas saying, "For the next month-and-a-half, Randeep will be studying Sikh history under a guru, learning sword fighting and shooting with vintage rifles. He is already a master of horse riding and has been visiting the stables more often in the last few weeks. He has the body language of a warrior and he will be beefing up to resemble Ishar Singh. He has already started growing out his hair and beard."
Interestingly Ajay Devgn's 'Sons Of Sardaar' is based on the same subject and the actor had unveiled the first look of the film last week.