New Delhi: Makers of Sara Ali Khan starrer ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ released the first look video of the film on Monday, ahead of India’s 74th Republic Day celebrations. The film is an inspiring tribute to the fearless heroes of India’s struggle for freedom with Sara essaying the role of a freedom fighter.
A Dharmatic Entertainment Production, the movie is being produced by Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta, with Somen Mishra serving as the co-producer. Directed by Kannan Iyer and written jointly by Darab Farooqui and Kannan Iyer, the film is a thriller-drama inspired by true events and will see Sara Ali Khan play the character of a valiant freedom fighter. ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ will be available to Prime members in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.
The just-launched, first-look video of the film transports viewers to a bygone era where a tense, yet extremely focused, young girl expertly assembling a radio-like device in a dimly lit room can be seen. The camera gradually reveals that the young girl is none other than Sara Ali Khan in a never-seen-before, non-glamorous avatar. As she begins to speak on the radio, her voice is imbued with courage and determination; she shares the message of independence with the entire nation via her underground radio station, until she is interrupted by the incessant banging at the door.
A thriller-drama inspired by true events, ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’, follows the intrepid journey of a college girl in Bombay who goes on to become a freedom fighter. This fictional tale is set against the backdrop of Quit India Movement in 1942. It is a story about the courage, patriotism, sacrifice and resourcefulness of the youth of the nation.
Amazon Prime Video shared the video on social media with the caption, “an ode to the unsung heroes. an ode to India’s freedom struggle 🧡🤍💚
So privileged, honoured and excited to be telling a story that we truly believe deserves to be heard.
Check out the first look video of Sara Ali Khan in ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’ here:
Filmmaker Karan Johar who is producing the film under the banner of his ott production house Dharmatic Entertainment said in a statement, “The movie is an effort to bring to the audiences a lesser-known chapter of Indian history of the independence struggle. With the incredibly talented Sara Ali Khan taking on a never-seen-before character, and with Kannan Iyer’s vision, this movie promises to be truly inspiring and an entertaining experience.”
“Directing this story inspired by true events from the very precarious times of India’s freedom struggle is a feeling of tremendous pride for me, and I am thankful to Prime Video and Dharmatic Entertainment for this opportunity,” added director Kannan Iyer.
Sara Ali Khan shared her excitement on playing this role in ‘Ae Watan Mere Watan’: “I am so excited and honoured to be a part of a film that I truly believe deserves to be told. As an actor, and more importantly as an Indian I am proud to be able to portray a character that echoes bravery, strength and courage. Working with Kannan Iyer sir is a sheer privilege as he is so passionate and emotionally invested in this story himself. And while of course it is very challenging to essay a character that is vastly different from anything that I’ve done before, it is a project I’m going to work really hard on. And most importantly, I’m going to cherish every day that I get to play an enigmatic freedom fighter.”