Television actor Shaleen Bhanot is all set to play the character of Sikh leader Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s father Mahaa Singh on Life OK’s show Sher-e-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Punjab-based 14-year-old actor Damanpreet Singh plays the titular role, while actress Sneha Wagh makes her comeback on the television in the role Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s mother Raj Kaur. The epic Indian historic drama is based on true-life story of the legendary warrior king and the founder of Sikh empire. Shaleen Bhanot and Sneha Wag starrer Maharaja Ranjit Singh show premiers on March 20, 2017. Shaleen was earlier seen in the role of Duryordhan in Sony TV’s Suryaputra Karn. The buzz on the new Life OK show Sher-e-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh is palpable on Twitter, with fans trending #MaharajaRanjitSingh countrywide.
From fighting Afghans in his teenage days to gold-plating the Golden Temple, Ranjit Singh’s reign saw it all. Maharaja Ranjit Singh earned the tag of the “Maharaja of Punjab” at age 21. Speaking about his role in Life OK’s show, Sher-e-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Shaleen said, “At first, it was a cultural shock for me to play Maha Singh in this show. I took two hours to freshen up and get into the skin of this totally opposite character.”
“Now I am trying to be full Punjabi and don’t even cut my beard. I am even learning Punjabi for this role. I belong to Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, and speak only Hindi. So, the toughest thing for me was to speak Punjabi,” he further added.
Sher-E-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh will bring to light the inspirational journey of Sikh leader Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The show boasts of a grand set, especially designed by award-winning Bollywood director Omung Kumar. The costumes for that era are finely designed by Manoshi Nath and Rushi Sharma, while the stunts will be executed under the guidance of popular Hindi cinema stunt director Allan Amin.
Damanpreet will play the main character in the show. The excited young actor said, “I have read about Maharaja Ranjit Singh ji in school. I am in ninth class right now. It’s an honour for me to portray him on national television. My grandparents and my parents are on cloud nine these days.”
“He always looked up to everyone equally and ruled fairly. The beauty about his time was that he kept all enemies away and created ‘akhand’ (United) Punjab,” Abhimanyu Singh, CEO, Contiloe Pictures, speaking about the great Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
As Bollywood films and serials are subjected to vandalism when sensitive topics related to religion are touched, the Sher-e-Punjab: Maharaja Ranjit Singh makers assured of presenting a well-researched and authentic content on the screen. They acknowledged about keeping in mind the sentiments of the Sikh community, Abhimanyu Singh shared that they have done a lot of research for the show. He said, “We have followed Kushwant Singh’s books. We have also followed instructions of Dr. J.S. Grewal and Gurbaksh Singh, who are prominent historians.”