After inspiring Bollywood movies, the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi is now the subject of an upcoming television show starring Devon Ka Dev...Mahadev actor Mohit Raina, reported Mumbai Mirror. The series, titled Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897, will be telecast on Discovery Jeet channel and will go on air early next year, according to a source who spoke to the publication.
In the September 12, 1897 battle of Saragarhi in the North-West Frontier Province (in modern-day Pakistan), 21 Sikh soldiers part of the British Indian Army stood their ground during an attack by 10,000 Afghan tribesmen even though they were vastly outnumbered. The Sikhs were led by Havildar Ishar Singh.
Three movies based on the battle have also been announced – a Karan Johar production titled Kesari starring Akshay Kumar as Singh, another directed by Rajkumar Santoshi with Randeep Hooda in the lead and a third, produced by Ajay Devgn. However, while Devgn will take another few years to compete, Santoshi’s movie has reportedly hit a roadblock.