Actor Randeep Hooda kept the promise that he has made to Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur. During the shooting of the film Sarbjit, six years ago, he promised Dalbir Kaur that he will perform her last rites. While shooting for the biopic, Dalbir Kaur requested Randeep Hooda to perform her last rites. Dalbir Kaur died due to a heart attack on Sunday, June 26, in Bhikhiwind near Amritsar, Punjab.
In the 2016 film Sarbjit, Randeep Hooda took up the role of Sarabjit Singh. Aishwarya Rai played Dalbir Kaur in the film. The biopic was based on Sarabjit Singh and revolves around Dalbir Kaur’s fight to get justice for her brother. Sarabjit was sentenced to death by a Pakistani court for alleged terrorism and spying.
Randeep Hooda and Dalbir Kaur formed a beautiful bond when Randeep played her late brother in the film. During that time, Dalbir Kaur told Randeep that she sees Sarabjit in him and requested him to give her ‘kandha’ (offer shoulder while taking the body to the cremation) when she dies. Randeep Hooda accepted it. During an event marking three years of her brother’s death, Dalbir Ji said,
“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.'”
She had also added,
“It was a matter of great joy that I found my brother Randeep. In the film, he is not just a hero, but also my brother.”
As soon as Randeep heard the news of Dalbir Kaur’s demise, he immediately left Mumbai for her native village. Randeep soon arrived in the village to keep his promise. He paid his last respect and even lit the pyre during the last rites. Randeep Hooda shared the post on his social media and wrote,
“घर ज़रूर आना” was the last thing she said. I went, only she had left. Not in the wildest dream could one imagine that Dalbir Kaur ji would leave us so soon. A fighter, child like, sharp and devoted to all that she touched. She fought a system, a country, it’s people and her own to try save her beloved brother Sarbjit. I was so fortunate to have her love and blessings and never to be missed Rakhi in this life time.
Ironically the last time we met was when I was shooting in the fields of Punjab where we had created an Indo-Pak border. It was a chilly and foggy late November night but she didn’t care about all that. She was happy we were on the same side of the border. “खुश रहो, जुग जुग जीयो” she often ended most conversations with. I do feel truly blessed indeed. There just wasn’t enough time Dalbir ji.
I love you, I miss you and I shall always cherish your love and blessings. 🙏 Om Shanti
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Sarbjit was directed by Omung Kumar. The film also stars Richa Chaddha and Darshan Kumar. The film received mixed reviews from critics and was a box office success. Sarabjit was released over three years after Sarabjit died in Lahore. he was attacked by his fellow inmates at Kot Lakhpat Jail.