Director Ashutosh Gowariker, Indian Royalty Tikka Shatrujit Singh, Cricketer Harbhajan Singh amongst high profile guests to grace UK premiere.
Following the London premiere, award-winning singer, songwriter, poet, actor Satinder Sartaaj felicitated by the India Business Group at the Indian Awards and presented with a special memento in recognition of his work in promoting Indian cultural relations internationally
Fresh from impressing audiences with the debut of its trailer at the Cannes Film Festival, the award-winning historical biopic of Maharajah Duleep Singh, The Black Prince, received a hugely enthusiastic response as it opened the 8th edition of The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, at the BFI London Southbank on 22nd June 2017 and 3rd edition of The Bagri Foundation Birmingham Indian Film Festival at Cineworld Broad Street, Birmingham on 23rd June 2017.
Produced by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and written and directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Kavi Raz, The Black Prince portrays the little known, yet powerful story of the Last King of Punjab, Maharajah Duleep Singh. The cornerstone of the film is his relationship with Queen Victoria and the long and often difficult battle he faced to regain his identity, faith and the Kingdom taken from his grasp as a child. The Black Prince stars award-winning singer, songwriter, poet Satinder Sartaaj who makes his acting debut in and as The Black Prince. He is joined by a revered cast of acting stalwarts including Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) as Dr. Login, the foster parent of the Maharajah; English stage and screen actress Amanda Root (The Iron Lady), who boldly portrays the role of Queen Victoria; and veteran actress Shabana Azmi (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, City of Joy) as Rani Jindan, the exiled King’s mother. The film also features Keith Duffy, David Essex OBE, Ameet Chana (Bend it Like Beckham), Canadian actor Rup Magon (Breakaway), Sophie Stevens (E! The Royals), Ranjit Thakur, and Lyndon Ogbourne (Emmerdale) in supporting roles.
The Black Prince was at the heart of a line-up that celebrates the thriving relationship between UK-India Year of Culture, which incidentally celebrates its 70th year this term, and complements the BFI’s own India on Film programme.
As expected, the film received a thoroughly rapturous response from all in attendance, including Indian royalty, cricketers, British stars and an abundance of nationwide media eager to gain insight into the film.