Irrfan Khan Joins Refugee Drama ‘Lions of the Sea’

Irrfan Khan
Irrfan Khan

The ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ star toplines the true-life drama about 376 South Asian ocean passengers denied entry to Canada in 1914.

Inferno star Irrfan Khan has nabbed the lead in Lions of the Sea, a refugee drama to be co-produced by Bollywood star Salman Khan and Ajay Virmani’s First Take Leisure.

Khan, whose film credit embrace Slumdog Millionaire, Lifetime of Pi and The Superb Spider-Man, will play the real-life Sikh businessman Gurdit Singh, who in 1914 chartered the Japanese ship Komagata Maru to hold 376 south Asian passengers to Canada to problem the anti-immigration insurance policies then in place.

The ship was denied entry into Vancouver, prompting a human rights incident and an apology in Could 2016 by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Simply as cinema as we speak transcends borders, Lions of the Sea is a narrative reflective of difficult limitations and breaking them, regardless of variations in language and race,” Khan stated in an announcement.

The Canada-India co-production will shoot subsequent 12 months in India, Britain, Hong Kong and Canada, with Mumbai-based Salman Khan Movies and Toronto-based First Take Leisure producing.

“It’s crucial to inform this story because it mirrors the present world refugee disaster. Lions of the Sea will enable us to embrace multiculturalism, range and produce humanity nearer collectively,” Khan stated Tuesday in his personal assertion.

Vinay Virmani and Pauline Dhillon will share producer credit.

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