Director Omung Kumar of Mary Kom fame, has roped in Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to play the role of Sarabjit Singh's sister in the biopic titled Sarabjit. Sarabjit Singh died in a Pakistani prison in 2013. Omung is confident that the former beauty queen is the perfect choice for the part.
The Jazbaa actress will be seen playing the role of title character's sister as Dalbir Kaur.
The director told IANS that when he narrated the role to Aishwarya, "She was in tears, and immediately said 'yes'."
"She is a fabulous actress who can do justice to this demanding role," he added.
The Jodhaa Akbar actress has earlier featured in intense roles in films like Provoked and Guzaarish. According to the film's producer Sandeep Singh, in Sarabjit, she fits the bill of a "strong character with a powerful aura".
"She has given spectacular performances in all her previous movies and we are confident that she will do justice to this role," Mr Singh added. He is sure the film will "create an impact and inspire the audience as well as the youth worldwide".
Starting October 2015, Sarabjit will be shot over a schedule of 70 days in Punjab.