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Posted at: Feb 26, 2016, 1:44 AM; last updated: Feb 26, 2016, 1:44 AM (IST)

‘Born to be King’ to raise voice against drugs

‘Born to be King’ to raise voice against drugs
Bollywood actors Ranjeet (left) and Ateesh pose during the promotion of their Punjabi film, ‘Born To Be King’ in Amritsar on Thursday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, February 25

Another film, same story and the drug abuse problem in the middle of affairs, that’s what Punjabi film ‘Born to be King’ promises the audience. The film raises its voice against drug menace and motivates the youth of Punjab to save their lives and their homeland.

Comprising a host of actors like Ateesh Randev, Sonam Bajwa, Deana Uppal, Bhupi Singh, Puneet Issar and Ranjeet, the film has been directed by Satyajeet Puri.

The star cast of the film was in the city for the promotion of their film including Bollywood veteran Ranjeet and debutant lead actor Ateesh Randev. The film is set to release on March 4 and has been shot in London and Punjab. “The story is a family drama giving a social message to every youngster. Making this film was like serving society in real terms. I am proud to be a part of it,” said Ateesh, who also visited the Golden Temple along with Ranjeet.

The film will be a comeback of sorts for Bollywood baddie Ranjeet, who plays a central character in the film. He said drug menace was everyone’s problem and needed collective action. “Mere efforts are not enough. The problem has grown so big that each and every individual has to work on a personal level to eradicate the problem from society. We, as actors and entertainers, will do our part, beyond that it is all up to our audience”

Director Satyajeet Puri claims the film has been made after thorough research and is based on factual information on drug abuse. “We have made a very honest effort for society. While shooting the film, each one of us had that feeling of a warrior who is all set to fight against drug menace. We did a lot of research during the pre-production stage and found alarming statistics. We have kept the language also a mix of English and Punjabi, so that the audience feels the realism of the film.”

He also praised the work of young actors like Ateesh, Sonam and Deana. He said, “While writing this film, I visualized my lead characters and this young brigade of actors gave me my dream in the form of this film. The audience will surely love their work and the purpose of making this film will be served.”

The producer has also made a promise to donate 1 per cent of the net revenue from the film to an NGO which is working on a drug rehabilitaion centre for making a drug-free Punjab.

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