Virmani boarding Mehta’s ‘Maru’

Epic film is based on a true story

HOLLYWOOD — Making his screen debut, Vinay Virmani has been cast as the pivotal character Mewa Singh in Deepa Mehta’s upcoming “Komagata Maru.” Virmani is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute of New York.

“Komagata Maru” is an epic film based on a true story surrounding the voyage of the titular ship from India to Vancouver with 376 passengers onboard.

Pic is being produced by Hamilton-Mehta Prods. in association with Akshay Kumar’s Hariom Entertainment. It is currently in pre-production and will begin full production in multiple locations in September.

“The arc of Mewa Singh’s character begins as a young man of innocence filled with hope and ends with an enraged man transformed by anger into a seeker for justice. I wanted a new fresh face to render this role,” Mehta said.

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