Versatile actor Mukul Dev, who will next be seen playing a tribal Afghan leader named Gul Badshah in "21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897", says he has been exposed to the Afghan culture since his childhood. Mukul said in a statement;
The actor will be seen on the small screen after a long gap.I was looking for a project that is dramatic, compelling and unlike from what is being currently shown on TV. When I got this offer from Discovery JEET, I was sure that it will be different. And, since the battle of Saragarhi is a landmark in our history, I immediately agreed to be part of it.
"21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897" will be a fictional show inspired by the real-life story of 21 brave soldiers of the 36th Sikh regiment of the British Indian Army. WHAT WAS BATTLE OF SARAGARHI? The Battle of Saragarhi was fought before the Tirah Campaign on 12 September 1897 between Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army and Pashtun Orakzai tribesmen. It occurred in the North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). The British Indian contingent comprised 21 Sikh soldiers of the 36th Sikhs (now the 4th battalion of the Sikh Regiment), who were stationed at an army post and were attacked by around 10,000 Afghans. The Sikhs, led by Havildar Ishar Singh, chose to fight to the death, in what is considered by some military historians as one of history's greatest last-stands. The post was recaptured two days later by another British Indian contingent. Sikh military personnel commemorates the battle every year on September 12, as Saragarhi Day.I have been exposed to the Afghan culture since childhood. My father knows how to speak in Pashtun and Persian and he helped me to get the correct pronunciation and diction. It's a Hindi serial, so I have given it my personal touch too.
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