The celebrated king of Punjab, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, credited with creating the only Sikh empire Maharaja Ranjit Singh in history, but what happened to his lineage? 

I can vividly remember history books saying that his son and Rani Jindan were sent to London, but what else?

Hollywood has chosen the subject to bring this unknown story onscreen.

The Black Prince – Maharaja Duleep Singh 

The film is written and directed by Punjabi-origin filmmaker Kavi Raz, of KR Films with Satinder Sartaaj as Maharaja Duleep Singh and Shabana Azmi playing the role of his mother, Rani Jindan. 

Maharaja Duleep Singh became a king at the age of five, separated from his mother at the age of 11, and was deported to England at the age of 15. Maharaja Duleep Singh’s story is a heart-rendering tale of trials, tribulations, and tragedies unknown to royalty as we know it.  Growing up under the patronage of Queen Victoria in England, he found his true self and the treachery his family and kingdom had undergone at the hands of British rulers.

He fought with the British till the end, but had a lonely death in Paris as a pauper. 

The trailer was released at the Cannes’ India Pavilion and a special screening was also held in the main festival Palais. The movie will be released on July 21, 2017 in English, Hindi and Punjabi.



A woman with varied interests, from geeky technology to serene poetry, but with a solitary passion to play with words. Ratisha is educated in sociology, psychology and human rights, that has sensitized her well to talk about all topics of human concern. She has been writing for many nationally and internationally acclaimed e-magazines and news portals including The Huffington Post, (United States) among others. When not writing, she is either found brushing strokes on a canvas or peering through her glasses into a novel.

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