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Political Asylum (2004)

163 min | Drama

In 1984 the former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, and since then the Sikhs have been a target of violent backlashes by radicals and the Punjab Police. During 1985 Gursharan Singh Soman lived ...See moreIn 1984 the former Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards, and since then the Sikhs have been a target of violent backlashes by radicals and the Punjab Police. During 1985 Gursharan Singh Soman lived a peaceful life as a farmer in rural Punjab, along with his elderly parents, Gurdev and Tejpal, and an unmarried sister, Guddi. Gursharan meets with and gets engaged to the Station House Officer's only daughter, Jassi Sandhu. Shortly thereafter her father is killed in a drive-by shooting, and a new Officer, Randhawa, takes over from him. Far from being ethical and honest, he is only concerned with fulfilling a quota of deaths of so-called terrorists by fake police encounters. Jassi and Gursharan get married as Jassi has no other relatives. When the police find a duffel bag of automatic weapons in Soman's house, they immediately arrest Gursharan and beat him up severely, even though he claims his innocence, alleging that real terrorists had forced themselves upon the family at gun-point. When a deputation from the town asks Randhawa to set him free, he does so, and the Soman family settle down. Guddi is soon to get married to a young man who loves her. Then in July, 1987, Sikh terrorists gun down a bus full of non-Sikhs, setting off a shock wave in the entire country. Punjab Police are instructed to maintain order, even if it means to do away with law. A large number of Sikhs are hunted down and killed in fake police encounters, scores are arrested and tortured. Gursharan is arrested again and severely beaten up in police custody. When Guddi goes to plead with Randhawa to release him, she too is imprisoned and beaten by a burly policewoman. Gursharan's American-based friend, Darshan Singh Gill, comes to their rescue and arranges for Gursharan to visit the U.S.A. on a travel visa as a hockey player. Once in America, Gursharan applies for political asylum, and is granted one, which also permits him to sponsor Jassi, and his new-born son to America. After Jassi's arrival, Gursharan gets a job in a corner store, while Jassi works as a Gas Attendant. It is then Gursharan gets the news that his father has suffered a heart-attack and may not live long. Gursharan is ready to leave for India to be near his family in this crucial hour, but his leaving America may well revoke his political asylum, and even if he does leave America and arrives in India, there is more than a bullet from the Punjab Police awaiting him. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com) See less
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Dec 23, 2004 (United Kingdom)

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Gurdas Maan
Gursharan Singh Somal (as Gurdas Mann) Gursharan Singh Somal (as Gurdas Mann)   See fewer
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Juhi Chawla
Jassi Sandhu Jassi Sandhu   See fewer
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Parmeet Sethi
Darshan Singh Gill Darshan Singh Gill   See fewer
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Sudhir Pandey
Gurdev Singh Soman Gurdev Singh Soman   See fewer
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Anup Soni
Thanedaar Randhawa Thanedaar Randhawa   See fewer
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Madhumalti Kapoor
Tej Kaur Somal Tej Kaur Somal   See fewer
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Gurkirtan
SHO Amarjeet Singh SHO Amarjeet Singh   See fewer
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Manav Vij
Harjinder- Guddi's fiance Harjinder- Guddi's fiance   See fewer
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Kulbir Badesron
Police woman Police woman   See fewer
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Kuldeep Sharma
Policeman Baag Singh Policeman Baag Singh   See fewer
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Amritpal Billa
Gurmukh Singh Gurmukh Singh   See fewer
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Omkarnath Bhakri
Friend of gulshan (as Omkar Bhakri) Friend of gulshan (as Omkar Bhakri)   See fewer
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Narinder Nina
Senior Police Officer (as Narinder Neena) Senior Police Officer (as Narinder Neena)   See fewer
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Satindra Narulla
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Amrik Teja
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Suvinder Vicky
Sukhbeer Singh Sukhbeer Singh   See fewer
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Mo Davis
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Deborah Delarado
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Gogi Kohli
Parween Jaggi Parween Jaggi   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 131 votes