Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Film's Tale of Indian Prince Comes with a Warning, Says Flemyng

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Film's Tale of Indian Prince Comes with a Warning, Says Flemyng

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Byline: Alistair Foster'showbiz news and gossip Robert Dex Arts Correspondent

ACTOR Jason Flemyng said his latest film -- the true story of an Indian prince who was made to live as a Christian in Victorian England -- is a warning against the threat of religious supremacy.

The Black Prince is based on the life of Maharajah Duleep Singh, the last king of the Sikhs, who was forced to convert after being fostered by a British missionary. Flemyng plays the prince's foster father, Dr John Login, who saw it as his duty to bring him up as a Christian. The actor said the film showed how people were affected when they were "ripped out of their own culture and transported to another way of life".

He said: "If you want to bring the story up to date it is really about how Christianity, if left to its own devices and left unchecked, can be just as capable of great atrocities as any other religion." The prince was only five when he came to the throne but instability gave the British the excuse to annex his kingdom. …

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