After making larger than life movies with characters dragged out of Indian history, mythology; filmmakers Sanjay Leela Bhansali is all set to collaborate with producer Bhushan Kumar to make a film on India's recent much praised defense movement, the Balakot air strike conducted by the Indian Air Force in February this year, the makers announced on Friday.
Billed as a "story that celebrates the accomplishments" of the IAF, the movie will be directed by "Rock On!" director Abhishek Kapoor who will also be its script-writer. The project will also be backed by Mahaveer Jain and Pragya Kapoor. The makers are yet to annouce teh lead cast for the film.
"Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bhushan Kumar, Mahaveer Jain and Pragya Kapoor come together, to pay tribute to the sons of India and their never-say-die spirit in, National Award-winning director, Abhishek Kapoor's film based on, 2019 Balakot airstrike. A story that celebrates the accomplishments of the Indian Air Force," the statement, shared by Bhansali Productions on Twitter, read.
A story that celebrates the accomplishments of The Indian Air ForceðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³#2019BalakotStrike @PMOIndia @DefenceMinIndia @IAF_MCC #SanjayLeelaBhansali @itsBhushanKumar @AbhisheKapoor #MahaveerJain, @PragyaKapoor_ @Tseries @gitspictures @SundialEnt @prerna982 pic.twitter.com/A5Oh8xpMyB— BhansaliProductions (@bhansali_produc) December 13, 2019
It will be the second film on the February 26 air strike against terror outfits in Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after the Vivek Oberoi starrer "Balakot - The True Story". The movie to be dubbed in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu will depict the true facts, story and bravery of the Indian Air Force and their quick thinking, strategic planning with a strong political willingness, the filmmakers said in a statement. The film will also include the release of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was in captivity in Pakistan for three days, as well as all the "speculations and presumptions as to what had actually happened", they said
In February this year, Indian forces struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot town of Khyber Pakhtunwa province in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Oberoi has described the Balakot airstrike as "one of the most well-planned attacks by the IAF". "I followed everything in the news, right from the attack in Pulwama to the air strike. 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.