Last weekend to see the international biopic on the Last King of Punjab, Maharajah Duleep Singh ‘The Black Prince’ in the UK
The Black Prince – The International Biopic on the Last King of Punjab, Maharajah Duleep Singh.
Don’t forget to catch The Black Prince this final weekend in UK cinemas! English & Punjabi showings available!
Let’s support this amazing true story and learn more about the Sikh heritage.
Ruislip : 8.45pm
Ilford: 7.30pm (Sunday only)
Empire slough : 8.10pm
Westfield Stratford: check listings
West Brom Odeon
Star City Birmingham
Saturday – 9.25am / 12pm / 2.10pm / 2.55pm / 6.20pm
Sunday – 9.40am / 2.15pm / 4.20pm
Please check listings as times vary.
THE BLACK PRINCE has been appreciated by audiences worldwide, who for the first time witnessed the personal account of one of India’s greatest kings and his lifelong struggle to reclaim his rightful kingdom back from the British, the very people who had brought him to the UK and annexed the Kohinoor Diamond. The film also carefully captures Maharajah Duleep Singh’s fragile relationship with Queen Victoria who was Godmother to his children.
Produced by Brillstein Entertainment (Academy Award winning film 12 Years A Slave), THE BLACK PRINCE is written and directed by Hollywood filmmaker Kavi Raz and filmed widely across the UK and India. Acclaimed singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj marked his acting debut in THE BLACK PRINCE, essaying the character of Maharajah Duleep Singh with eloquence. He is joined by an esteemed cast of acting stalwarts including Jason Flemyng (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) as Dr. Login, the foster parent for the Maharajah, English stage, screen actress Amanda Root (The Iron Lady), who portrays the bold role of Queen Victoria; and veteran actress Shabana Azmi (City of Joy) as Rani Jindan, the exiled King’s mother. The film also features Keith Duffy, David Essex OBE, Canadian actor Rup Magon and Sophie Stevens in supporting roles.
Watch the official trailer here:
The Black Prince
The King, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was placed on the throne at the age of five only to be robbed of his throne by a bloody treason at the hands of trusted courtiers.
He was then torn from his mother and taken to England by the British at age fifteen. While in England, he was introduced to Queen Victoria, who took an immediate liking to him, calling him ‘The Black Prince’. He was indoctrinated into Christianity and baptized, changing his life forever.
Meeting his mother again after thirteen years, the Maharajah awakens to the realities of his former life in Punjab. He then begins the arduous journey to regain all that was lost, and re-embrace the faith of his birth, Sikhism.
Maharajah Duleep Singh, his character as it evolves, torn between two cultures and facing constant dilemmas as a result. His relationship with Queen Victoria will be the most impactful relationship in the film, the Queen representing the English culture he was drawn into. His lifelong journey to regain his identity, dignity, and Kingdom took him across the world, but his struggle was not met with success, as he never won the chance to set foot again in his own land of Punjab.
Maharajah Duleep Singh died in 1893 at the age of 55 years, a lonely pauper in a hotel in Paris. Though a reconverted Sikh, his final wishes were denied even in death as he was buried as a Christian in an English countryside. Efforts by his people to take his remains to the land he once ruled to be cremated as per Sikh rites continue today. Duleep’s devotion and faith inspired following generations to fight until India regained its independence from Britain in 1947.
Listen to the beautiful The Black Prince soundtrack here: