CHAT Puneet Issar on his upcoming film ‘I Am Singh' which talks about the emotional turmoil the Sikhs living in the U.S. are facing post 9/11
Director-actor Puneet Issar is ready to release his first film in half-a-dozen years. It has no big stars unlike his first, ‘Garv' , which featured Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Amrish Puri. It is not the saleable romantic/comedy/action genre. But Puneet is upbeat that it will leave a lasting impression.
The movie is titled ‘I Am Singh' and talks about the emotional turmoil that the Sikhs living in the U.S. are facing post 9/11. “It is a subject very close to my heart. I have seen the emotional disturbance caused by the hate crime; leave aside the physical and financial harm. My inner voice compelled me to make a film on this and I did so. I am releasing it globally too. I think it will strike the right chord among audiences as racial discrimination is being faced by various ethnic groups across the world,” says Puneet, whom most recall as Duryodhana from B.R. Chopra's television show Mahabharat.
“I Am Singh” is the story of a young Sikh named Ranveer Singh based in India whose elder brothers are citizens of America. His world turns turtle when he receives a call informing him that one of his brothers is dead, his father is seriously injured and his other brother is missing.
On arriving in the U.S., Ranveer unearths a terrible case of mistaken identities and violation of laws. With the help of a Pakistani-American, Rizwan Haider, a Sikh police officer named Fateh Singh (Puneet Issar) and Amelia White, an American human rights activist and an attorney, Ranveer fights the case for humanity.
The film has been shot in Punjab and all over the U.S. The cast includes many newcomers such as Gulzar Chahal, Amy Rasimas, Brooke Johnston and Rizwan Haider, with Tulip Joshi being the only recognisable name.
‘I Am Singh' gets a global release on December 2 and Puneet is certain that his subject and songs by singers Mika, Daler Mehndi, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Sukhvinder, will work magic.