Deepa Mehta, Akshay to produce `Komagata Maru'

Toronto, Oct 10 (IANS) Bollywood star Akshay Kumar and Canada-based Indian filmmaker Deepa Mehta will jointly produce a new India-centric film "Komagata Maru", in which the actor will play the lead role.

To cost up to $35 million, "Komagata Maru" will be produced jointly by Hamilton-Mehta Productions Inc in association with Akshay's home production, Hariom Entertainment.

"It is a film of high-level government intrigue, duplicity, racism, spying, military engagements, court battles, sedition and assassination," said a statement released here Thursday by Hamilton-Mehta Productions.

Komagata Maru was a Japanese ship which was hired by a Malaysia-based wealthy Sikh Gurdit Singh 94 years ago to bring Indians into Canada