They were once used to add a comic angle to the scripts but now it seems scripts are being written around them. Yes we are talking about our very own Sardars. Portraying a Sardar seems to have become the coolest thing in the industry right now. After Akshay Kumar rocked the nation with Singh Is Kinng we will soon see Salman Khan playing a Sardar in Heroes. Saif Ali Khan is the latest to join the club and will be seen in a turban in his home production directed by Imtiaz Ali.
The reason behind this paradigm shift seems to be the international markets which presently contribute a huge share of the gross revenue of the movies. Today scripting of the movies is done keeping in mind a wider and plural audience. The substantial presence of the Punjabis across the globe is another factor contributing to this. We take a look at some if the Bollywood stars who have played the role of Sardar in the recent past:
Punjab da puttar Sunny Deol has perhaps played the role of Sardar more than any other actor in Bollywood. His war cry in the movie Border as Major Kuldip Singh Chandpuri is still fresh in the mind of the audience. He followed it up with Gaddar where he portrayed the role of a truck driver Tara Singh who storms into the enemy country to get back his wife from the clutches of his villainous in-laws. He also played the character of a Sardar Nihal Singh in Jo Bole So Nihal.
Big B portrayed the role of a Sardar for the first time in the movie Kohram where he played the role of Col Balbir Singh Sodhi who cuts his hair to disguise himself and fight against a corrupt minister. He was later seen in playing Major General Amarjeet Singh a die hard patriot in Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyon.
Bobby Deol first sported a turban when he played the powerful character of Bharat Singh in 23rd March 1931: Shaheed. His look was supposed to have brought tears in the eyes of Bhagat Singh's younger brother. He got a chance to play a Sardar for the second time in the movie Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Sathiyon where he played the role of Navy Captain Kunaljit Singh.
He played the role of a Sardar only once in his career when he portrayed the role of Bhagat Singh in the movie The Legend Of Bhagat Singh. It was enough to win him a National Award for the best actor. The movie also went on to become a blockbuster and the only hit among the string of movies that released on the great freedom fighter at the same time.
Sanjay Dutt played the role of Sardar name Ranjeet Singh in Sarhad Par. The movie depicted the life of a soldier who returns to his family after a long gap as he was reported missing in action. The movie tracks the trauma that he goes through after returning home where he finds everything new and faces difficulty adjusting with it.