Film on Maharaja Duleep Singh wins award at film festival in Houston

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‘The Black Prince’ has won the Special Jury Remi Award at the 50th annual Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival

The film The Black Prince, featuring singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj and veteran actress Shabana Azmi, has won the Special Jury Remi Award at the 50th annual Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival.

The event’s Gold Remi was also awarded to the film’s Natalie O’Connor for achievement in Art Direction, said a statement. 

The Black Prince.Indian Link

The film is a historic biopic on the poignant life story of the last king of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh and is set for international release on July 21. Sartaaj, who marks his acting debut with the film, essays the role of Maharajah Duleep Singh while Shabana portrays Rani Jindan, the exiled King’s mother. This period drama written and directed by British-Indian filmmaker Kavi Raz and filmed widely across Britain and India. It explores poignant life story of the last king of Punjab – Maharajah Duleep Singh and is set for international release on July 21.

It carefully captures the tragic, yet fascinating true story and legacy of Maharajah Duleep Singh, providing a visual narrative of one of India’s most noble kings, whilst also displaying and his fractured relationship with Queen Victoria. He was exiled to Britain at age 15 where he was forced to convert to Christianity. He befriended and was admired by the Queen, who is reported to have written the Punjabi Maharaja, “Those eyes and those teeth are too beautiful”.