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The King, Maharajah Duleep Singh, was placed on the throne at the age of five, only to be robbed of his legacy by treason at the hands of trusted courtiers. He was then torn away from his mother and taken to England by the British at the age of fifteen. While in England, he was introduced to Queen Victoria, who took an immediate liking to him, calling him 'The Black Prince'. He was indoctrinated into Christianity and baptized, his life forever changed. Meeting his mother again after thirteen years, the Maharajah is awakened to the realities of his former life in Punjab. He then begins the arduous journey to regain all that was lost, and re-embrace the faith of his birth, Sikhism. As the character of Maharajah Duleep Singh evolves, he is slowly torn between two cultures and faces mounting dilemmas as a result. His relationship with Queen Victoria becomes the most impactful one in the film, the Queen representing the English culture he was drawn into. Duleep Singh's lifelong journey to regain his identity, dignity, and Kingdom took him across the world but his struggle was not met with success. He never won the chance to set foot again in his own land of Punjab. Maharajah Duleep Singh died in 1893 at the age of 55 years, a lonely pauper in a small hotel in Paris. Though a reconverted Sikh, his final wishes were denied even in death as he was buried as a Christian in the English countryside. Efforts by his people to take his remains to the land he once ruled to be cremated as per Sikh rites continue today. Duleep's devotion and faith inspired following generations to fight forcefully until India regained its independence from Britain in 1947.