Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur wants actor Randeep Hooda, who portrays the titular role in the film Sarbjit, to be part of the rituals of her funeral after her death.
"I would like to tell Randeep that I have truly seen Sarabjit in him. I have a wish and I would like to take a promise from him that when I die, he should definitely give me kandha (shoulder). My soul will receive peace that Sarabjit gave me kandha," Dalbir Kaur said at an event which remembered Sarabjit on his third death anniversary.
The film's director Omung Kumar and the cast of the film - Randeep, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Richa Chadha and Darshan Kumar - were also present at the event.
"It was a matter of great joy that I found my brother in Randeep. In the film, he is not just a hero, but also my brother. When I had come on the first day, he was given a shot in a small room. I actually felt that my sher is sitting in that room. I messaged him that he lives for thousands of years and doesn't get the evil eye of anyone," Dalbirji said.
Sarbjit is a biopic on Sarabjit, an Indian farmer who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and was sentenced to death. He was attacked by inmates at a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later.
In the film, Aishwarya plays the role of Sarabjit's onscreen sister.
About Aishwarya, Dalbirji said: "I received the love of my younger sister Aishwarya. When Vanita (Omung Kumar's wife) showed me the photos, I thought, 'Is it me or Aishwarya?' I saw all my aspects in her."
"I could feel how difficult it would be for her to adapt herself into a Punjabi atmosphere, to speak Punjabi, get into Punjabi culture, to go to the Gurudwara covering her head and serving there. Somewhere she might have got emotional. She is also a daughter, sister, wife, mother and understands the pain well," she added.
Sarbjit is slated for a May 20 release.