FILM BIOPIC DRAWING ON THE ESTRANGED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN QUEEN VICTORIA AND THE LAST KING OF PUNJAB – MAHARAJAH DULEEP SINGH – SET FOR PREMIERE SHOWS IN UK
*ing Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch), acclaimed singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj, English stage, screen actress Amanda Root (The Iron Lady), veteran actress Shabana Azmi (City of Joy, Reluctant Fundamentalist), Keith Duffy, David Essex OBE
The Black Prince – the award-winning historic film biopic on the poignant life story of the last King of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh –his relationship with Queen Victoria – is set for its European premiere when it opens the iconic London Indian Film Festival – Europe’s largest Indian film festival. The highly anticipated biopic will hit the big screens in the UK for the first time at London’s BFI Southbank, as the opening attraction to the widely coveted Indian Film Festival, followed by an opening show at the Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF).
LONDON INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL – June 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm I BFI Southbank
BIRMINGHAM INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL June 23, 2017 6:00 pm I Cineworld Broad Street
*The film is poised to create a wave of intrigue in India and the UK as the story touches upon the historically significant and priceless Kohinoor diamond, which was purportedly gifted by a young 13-year-old Maharajah Duleep Singh to Queen Victoria in a ceremony held in 1850, at Buckingham Palace, London. The film also releases in the year that marks 70 years of India-UK’s partnership*
As the last King of Punjab, THE BLACK PRINCE chronicles Maharajah Duleep Singh’s lifelong struggle and daring journey of self-discovery in order to reclaim his identity, his faith, and the Kingdom that was rightfully his. This ultimately leads him to meeting his mother, long herself in exile, after 13 years. THE BLACK PRINCE spotlights Queen Victoria’s warm relationship with Maharajah Duleep Singh as he begins adjusting to and ultimately embracing the English culture into which he was drawn at the age of 15.
The film also sheds light into his upbringing as an aristocrat in the UK who converts to Christianity under the influence of his foster parents, but later longs to return to his Kingdom, mother and roots. His character, as it evolves is torn between two contrasting cultures – his royal ancestry from the Kingdom of Punjab as its last King, set against his upbringing in the UK as he embarks in a new journey of exile, away from his mother.