After Uri: The Surgical Strike, now we will get to witness the story of Balakot airstrike on the big screen. It was earlier this year when India did airstrike at Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. Actor Vivek Oberoi, who was last seen on the big screen in PM Narendra Modi, is all set to produce a film based on Balakot airstrike. The movie will also tell the story of capture and subsequent release of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
While talking about it, Vivek told a news agency, “As a proud Indian, a patriot, and a member of the film fraternity, it’s my duty to highlight what our Armed Forces are truly capable of. In the form of a trilingual, this film is a powerful tool to underline the achievements of brave officers like Wing Commander Abhinandan, who went behind the enemy lines and did what makes every Indian proud of them.”
“The Balakot airstrike was one of the most well-planned attacks by the IAF. I have followed everything in the news right from the attack in Pulwama to the airstrikes in Balakot. There was a lot that was speculated and spoken about back then; this film will put all of that to rest, once and for all. I thank the IAF for trusting us with this story and we hope to do justice to it,” the actor added.
Titled Balakot, the movie will be made in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Vivek has received permission from IAF to make the film. He stated, “I am delighted to receive the requisite permission from the IAF a day before Independence Day. Hollywood filmmakers applaud their Armed Forces, intelligence agencies, industries and leaders. Why should Indian filmmakers shy away from doing that for India? As a nation, with one of the strongest Armed Forces on the globe, we have achieved a lot, and it’s time to start reiterating it to the world at large.”
Balakot will start rolling this year and it is expected to hit the screens in 2020. The film will be shot in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Agra. Well, it will be interesting to see which actor will be playing the role of real-life hero IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.