Sohail Khan has directed and produced no. of hits - Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya", "Hello Brother". He has also directed "Auzaar" at an young age of 20. Maine Dil Tujhko Diya was his debut film as an actor. "I Proud To Be An Indian" is the first film under the banner of Sohail Khan Production. This time though, the director is London based Puneet Sira, who has been making a no. of short films for BBC and Channel 4. The movie stars new comer Heena Tasleem, Tim Lawrence, Asif Sheikh, Kulbhushan Karbhanda and Mona Amegaonkar along with a few local cast from London. Music for the film is by Daboo Malik and K.C. Loy.
"I Proud To Be An Indian" is a film about an Indian (I), who is forced to migrate to London with his father, to stay with his older brother and his family as they had migrated few years ago.
Once in London, I (Sohail Khan) starts to discover, that the middle class Asian families are living a very frightened life, as some local white outlaws, who are a pack of skinheads. The dreaded Cane(Tim Lawrence) who is 6ft 4in is the leader of the skinheads. Cane along with his cronies believes that their country England is being taken over by the Asian community. Cane represents this new bunch of so-called Neo Nazis who preaches racism. They hate any other skin colour other than white skin. They feel that non-British has no right to stay in England, particularly the Asians.
I has to stand up for the Asians and fight for their rights. I beats up some of the skinheads and Cane comes to know about that. Cane sends more skinheads to retaliate and the problem becomes bigger.
Sargent Grant represents the local police who are the authority. Sargent goes and checks the area and comes to know about the atrocities of the skinheads towards Asians.
Sargent Grant is a very strict officer and he does not approve of the existence of the skinheads. He particular does not like Cane as he feels that they are the menace to the society. Sargent Grant orders Cane and his pack of skinheads to stay away from the Indian boy.
The skinheads are desperate to get I, but are helpless due to the warning of the local police authorities, especially Sargent Grant.
Cane's evil mind comes to the conclusion that who would hate the Indian boy as much as he does. He gets the answer in the name Aslam (Imran Ali Khan), a Pakistani boy, living in the same suburbs of East London. Cane thinks that Aslam being a Pakistani would definitely be useful in eliminating the Indian boy.
Aslam goes to make an attempt on I's life, but as fate would seem, it so turns out that they end up becoming best of friends. One of the prime reasons for them to become close friends was that in their confrontation, they realize that Cane was using the age-old British formula of divide and rule.
In their friendship, I even gets involved with Aslam's sister Noor (Heena Tasleem).
After some moments of happiness between I, Noor and Aslam, the traumatic experiences increase towards I's family. But I's patience reaches a saturation point, when he hears about Aslam's murder by Cane.
I challenges Cane to fight with him on his land, the streets of London.
The fight is set. If Cane stands, the Asians will walk out of their land and if I stands tall, the skinheads would never come in the way of Asian community.
Thus the beginning of the climax in the form of the fight between I, who represents the sentiments and emotions of the Asians and Cane, who represents the so-called wicked liberators of England. The fight between the good and the evil, where good always triumphs over the evil.
Similarly in the nail biting fight, I triumphs over the evil Cane and make all the Asians proud.
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