Punjab '95" is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2023

Punjab '95': Diljit Dosanjh plays Human Rights Activist Jaswant Singh Khalra in Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2023 Premiere

The highly-anticipated film “Punjab ’95” is set to make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2023. starring the talented Diljit Dosanjh stars in the pivotal role of late human rights activist, Jaswant Singh Khalra. Hailing from Amritsar, Khalra was a bank director who, in the aftermath of 1984’s Operation Bluestar, became a crucial witness to the harrowing police brutality inflicted on Sikhs.


Directed by the talented Honey Trehan, “Punjab ’95” brings together a stellar cast, with Diljit Dosanjh in the lead role, along with acclaimed actors Arjun Rampal and Suvinder Pal Vicky. The collaboration of these powerhouse performers is set to add an extra layer of depth and emotion to the film, making it a standout entry in the TIFF 2023 lineup.


Dosanjh’s portrayal of Jaswant Singh Khalra is expected to be a standout performance, shedding light on the activist’s courageous endeavors to uncover and expose the atrocities committed during those tumultuous times. As a professional banker, Khalra’s decision to take a stand against the brutalities inflicted upon his community showcases the power of individual determination and advocacy in the face of oppression.


The film delves into the dark chapter of history, where the Punjab Police were granted unchecked authority, resulting in a series of human rights violations and widespread fear among the Sikh community. The compelling narrative of “Punjab ’95” aims to raise awareness about the struggles faced by countless individuals like Khalra, who risked their lives to seek justice and accountability.


As the world eagerly awaits the grand unveiling of “Punjab ’95” at the esteemed Toronto International Film Festival, the film’s portrayal of Jaswant Singh Khalra’s life and dedication to human rights serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of upholding justice, truth, and the preservation of historical memory. Through Dosanjh’s mesmerizing portrayal, audiences will have the opportunity to connect with a crucial chapter of India’s history and witness the indomitable spirit of those who fought against oppression and injustice.


Jaswant Singh Khalra’s unwavering courage and dedication to justice left an indelible mark on history. As an activist, he played a pivotal role in uncovering shocking evidence of abduction, murder, and cremation of thousands of unidentified persons by the police during Punjab’s militancy period from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.


The world premiere of “Punjab 95” at TIFF 2023 will be an emotionally charged occasion for audiences everywhere, offering a chance to connect with the captivating narrative of this brave activist who dared to challenge darkness and seek justice for the voiceless. Through the mesmerizing portrayal by Diljit Dosanjh, viewers will experience the indomitable spirit of Jaswant Singh Khalra and his relentless fight for truth, leaving a lasting impact on all who bear witness to his courageous journey.


Punjab 95 marks the second feature film directed by Honey Trehan, following his successful venture into the crime thriller genre with 2021’s “Raat Akeli Hai,” featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, which was directly released on Netflix. Before stepping into the director’s chair, Trehan established himself as a renowned casting director for several notable Hindi films, including “Talvar,” “Delhi Belly,” “Tumbbad,” and “Udta Punjab,” among others. His diverse experience in the industry has earned him recognition for his keen eye in assembling talented casts that bring captivating stories to life on the silver screen.


Cast: Arjun Rampal, Diljit Dosanjh and Veer Abhinav


Director: Honey Trehan


Cinematographer: K U Mohanan


Release Date: September 2023 by RSVP Movies and Macguffin Pictures 

Punjab '95': Diljit Dosanjh plays Human Rights Activist Jaswant Singh Khalra in Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2023 Premiere