Lahore (2010) Preview
Sai Om Films makes their foray into the Hindi Film Industry with their maiden venture, LAHORE.Directed by debutant Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, the film is produced by Vivek Khatkar.The film has a stellar cast comprising of many veteran actors like Nafisa Ali, Farouque Shaikh alongwith the newcomer Aanaahad makes his debut with the film.LAHORE is being looked as the most authentic sports film ever made in India and has some of the best technicians from Bollywood and Hollywood.Rob Miller of CHAK DE fame was the Sports consultant of the film..LAHORE is all set to hit the screens on March 19th, 2010.
Shot in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lonavala, Malaysia and of course at Lahore in Pakistan, the film LAHORE has already won many international awards, including Best Feature Film Jury’s Award at the 42nd World Fest (Houston), Most Aspiring Filmmaker at International Filmmaker Fest (UK), Best Actor Award at Salento International Film Festival (Italy), Best Actor Award at Tenerife International Film Festival Award (UK) and six nominations including Best Picture and Best Director at Asian Fest of First Film (Singapore).
Characters:Farouque Shaikh: S.K. Rao
A devout coach of the Indian kickboxing team for who true talent is above all inducements. He is earnest but conniving for those who come in his way for the right. An ardent worshipper of true sportsman spirit, he holds an angst against the establishment and the system that’s meddling in sport in order to commercialize it.
Nafisa Ali: Amma
A doting mother for whom her two sons mean the world. She shares a great camaraderie with her sons and would be daughter in law but at the same time is the grounding force to keep them rooted. She is tender yet at the trying times comes out as a strong and tough woman who puts up with the crisis that comes in her life.
Aanaahad: Veerender Singh
An unswerving batsman with the fire in his belly to make it big in the cricketing world. However, equally fiery about his relations, especially with his brother, for whom he can give it all up. One incident that changes his life and his outlook for the world and transforms him as a person!
Shraddha Das: Ida
A sassy, committed and diligent physiotherapist of the Pakistan Kickboxing team who falls in love with the Indian cricketer and later stands by him against all odds.
Sushant Singh: Dheerendra Singh
An aspiring and zealous Kick boxer from Rajasthan who wants to qualify into the national team on his merit of playing instead of recommendations. A brother for whom his younger sibling is his support system. A lover who passionately feels for his fiancée. A man of steel who overcomes all obstacles to reach where he is. His true aspirations are at challenge with behind the back politics going on.
Shraddha Nigam: Neela Chaudhary
An ebullient and cheery girl, who is madly in love with his sportsman fiancée. The dutiful lover supports her fiancee in every step of his career and is his driving force. She pins all her hopes and aspirations against her love interest, which is the world to her. However, one accident changes her life when her world gets derelict and she is left bereft of her dreams.
Kelly Dorji: Gajanan Oinam
An overconfident kickboxing champion who aims high to represent India, not on merits but connections instead. However, he gets beaten down by Dheerendra Singh. His dreams turn sour and his connections ineffective when he meets S.K. Rao and realizes that if he wants to secure a place in the teamhe needs to prove his mettle.
Saurabh Shukla: Madhav Suri
A man who defines the bureaucracy of the sports department and the way everything in sports gets mutilated by the intrusion of bureaucrats.
Sabyasachi Charborty: Sikandar Hyaat Khan
Coach of the Pakistan Kickboxing team, Sikandar Hyaat Khan, is a man for whom winning a match for the country is like winning a battle. The coach, who strives hard and makes his team go till any extent to ensure success against the Indian kickboxing team.
A Selection – New Delhi Selection of the National Indian kick boxing team is to be done. There is a buzz in the air, final stage of qualification is in process, frenzy activities taking place amongst the players, administrators, bureaucratic and all high profiles involved with the game in varied manners.
Amidst all this, there is
A Minister…who wants his favorite participant to be selected.
A Coach….who wants merit to be the order of the day.
An Aspirant…who dreams to qualify purely on the basis of his merit. His true aspirations are at a challenge with the behind the back politics going on.
Another Aspirant…Overconfident, well connected and aims high to represent India, but not on merit, connections instead.
As the mix of emotions, aspirations and palpitations reach to a vortex; a bilateral kick boxing tournament with Pakistan is announced.
The aspirations are intensified, so are the activities and comes the day that leads to the destiny being sought in the ring.
A Neutral Venue – Kuala Lumpur
Two opponents…. Dheerandra Singh from India, an upcoming national champion. A man who has overcome all obstacles to reach where he deserves to be. A man made of steel, with kicks of steel. Only one drawback, his belief in the true spirit of the game.
Noor Mohammad, an ace performer from Pakistan. A man of physique, a man of belligerence, and personification of dominance. A tender heart but buried deep under the pride of the whole nation. A man groomed on the notion of victory at whatever cost. A man pushed to follow the same notion.
An Unwanted Event
The spirit of sports defied…
A nation cried foul…
The sports fraternity stood numb…
The rest of the world posed as a mute spectator…
Final Follow up – Lahore
Again Two Opponents… One from Pakistan, an upcoming World Champion. A man again in the ring to save his emblem, again carrying the pride of the whole nation. Author of the unwanted event, in the process of writing another one.
Another one from India, set to settle some old scores, with an aspiration to quench the thirst of revenge for a long forgotten wrong doing and restore the lost pride and satisfy the nation…and a billion
The Sole Situation. . . An epic rivalry. . . No surrender… Battle for honor…
A spine chilling walk to the end… Where the destiny holds victory for one…ONLY ONE