‘The Black Prince’ trailer takes internet by storm
Brillstein Entertainment has debuted the first trailer for Kavi Raz’s The Black Prince during a special presentation at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
Unveiled by renowned Sufi singer Satinder Sartaaj, who made his acting debut in the film, the trailer has since taken the internet by storm, garnering more than a million views within hours of being made available online.
The Black Prince chronicles the “tragic, yet fascinating true story” of Maharajah Duleep Singh, one of India’s most noble kings, and his fragile relationship with Queen Victoria, godmother to his children.
The biopic has already been awarded several accolades, from Best Original Story at the Los Angeles Film Awards to Best Newcomer for Satinder Sartaaj at the London Independent Film Festival.
Sartaaj performed four songs for Raz’s film, promising to help “carry the story forward”, including an impromptu performance of one of his most popular Punjabi Sufi songs, “Darda’n Wala Des”. And though Sartaaj says that people might not understand the meaning, they will “feel the emotion” behind it.
“I was initially reluctant when the director approached me for the role”, describes Sartaaj, who later acquiesced and took acting classes to improve his expression and dialogue. “[I hope worldwide audiences] support me as an actor as much as they have supported me as a musician”.
To help bring the “story to millions of people across the world, regardless of ethnicity and locality,” it has been announced that the international release of The Black Prince will be supported by English, Hindi, and Punjabi versions of the film.
The film stars Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch), Amanda Root (The Iron Lady, Jane Eyre), and Shabana Azmi (Neerja, Arth) in leading roles alongside Sartaaj.
The Black Prince is scheduled for international release in cinemas on July 21, 2017; see the trailer here.