Netflix's Sardar Ka Grandson inspired by documentary on Lahore-born man
Kaashvie Nair makes her filmmaking debut with the rural comedy
A chance viewing of a documentary about an old man who revisits his pre-Partition home in Pakistan after 70 years served as inspiration for Kaashvie Nair to make her filmmaking debut with Sardar Ka Grandson.
A few years ago, Kaashvie, who previously co-directed the TV series POW: Bandi Yuddh Ke with filmmaker Nikkhil Advani, stumbled upon Al Jazeera's 2017 documentary, Going Back to Pakistan: 70 Years After Partition.
The documentary by Clement Gargoullaud and Prashun Mazumdar chronicled the poignant and heartrending story of nonagenarian Krishan Kumar Khanna's countless efforts to obtain a visa and return to Pakistan.
For Kaashvie, this documentary gave rise to the plot for Sardar Ka Grandson, a story about a man (Arjun Kapoor) who goes to great lengths to fulfil his grandmother's (Neena Gupta) last wish of revisiting her old home in Pakistan.
As she kept reading stories about the Partition, Kaashvi realised that it was a universal emotion, prevalent among people, to revisit their old houses, including her own grandfather, who shifted from Gujarat to Maharashtra in his youth.
Kaashvie has written the screenplay along with Anuja Chauhan, while Amitosh Nagpal has penned the dialogues for the upcoming film, produced by T-Series, Emmay Entertainment and JA Entertainment.
Sardar Ka Grandson, also starring John Abraham, Rakul Preet, Aditi Rao Hydari, Soni Razdan, and Kanwaljit Singh, will premiere on Netflix on May 18.