FIRST DEAR JASSI IMAGES
FROM TARSEM SINGH'S NEW MOVIE
After winning an award at Toronto, moving new drama movie DEAR JASSI is moving over to London Film Festival in October. It took director Tarsem Singh almost twenty years to shoot the film and it is his first one after almost ten years. He is known as a director of exquisite visual splendour as seen in Mirror, Mirror, Immortals, The Fall and The Cell, but now he is dealing with a tragic love story and the tradition of honour killing in India. The real life story is set during the 1990s, when on a trip to visit her extended family in Jagraon, Jassi (Pavia Sidhu) meets Mithu (Yugam Sood), a rickshaw driver who lives down the street. She quickly falls for him, but their time is cut short as Jassi is expected to return with her mother to their home in Canada. The sweethearts begin exchanging love letters, and Mithu starts making travel plans. But when Jassi sees her family lash out at one of her cousin's suitors, she realizes there's no easy way to pursue their relationship and that terrifying consequences could await them. The film is based on the true story from June 8, 2000, when beautician Jassi Kaur was murdered in the Punjab province of India. The 24-year-old Indo-Canadian was killed by hitmen hired by her mother and uncle who felt she had brought shame on their family for marrying a rickshaw driver she had fallen in love with while visiting relatives. It took more than 10 years for them to be arrested. Tarsem comes from the same village as Jassi and has also lived in Canada just like her.