INTERVIEW 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. The movie is titled I Am Singh and talks about the emotional turmoil that the Sikhs living in the United States are facing post 9/11.
“I have seen the emotional disturbance caused by the hate crime; leave aside the physical and financial harm. 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 worldsays Puneet, whom most recall as the menacing Duryodhana in B.R. Chopra's epic television show Mahabharat .
I Am Singh is the story of a young Sikh named Ranveer Singh based in India whose brothers are citizens of the U.S. 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 slowly unearths a terrible case of mistaken identities and blatant violation of laws. With the help of a Pakistani-American, Rizwan Haider, a Sikh police officer from LAPD named Fateh Singh (Puneet Issar) and Amelia White, an American human rights activist and attorney, Ranveer fights the case for humanity.
“Sikhs have lived for approximately 114 years in America. 9/11 has wiped out this entire era of bonding. After the terror attack, Muslims were targeted. Even Sardars were not left alone just because they wear turbans.”
The film has been shot in Punjab and the U.S. The cast includes many newcomers, with Tulip Joshi being the only recognisable name. I Am Singh gets a global release on December 2.