Filmmakers Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Bhushan Kumar are set to collaborate on a film that will witness the Balakot air strike conducted by the Indian Air Force in February this year, confirmed the makers. Said to be a “story that celebrates the accomplishments” of the IAF, the film will be directed by Abhishek Kapoor, who will also be penning the script.
The film is not only based on the air strikes, but will also depict the capture and release of AIF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 Indian security personnel in southern Kashmir on February 14, 2019.
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“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 reads.
Talking about the film, Sanjay Leela Bhansali says, “It is a story of bravery, patriotism and love for the country. This film is my way of giving tribute to the heroes who have made India their priority. We endeavor that their story and bravery reaches to everyone in the right way.”
“This will be one of our biggest projects for next year. It’s extremely close to all of us at T-Series because of the sentiment it carries. I have always been a patriot and it gives me immense pleasure to present the story of bravado of our IAF officers. Wing Commander Abhinandan is a national hero and the Balakot Airstrike 2019 happens to be an event of immense pride for the entire nation. There are some stories in the history of India that need to be retold. This is one of them,” said Bhushan Kumar.
Director Abhishek Kapoor feels, “To be entrusted with one of India’s bravest stories is an honor for me. I remember the emotions that ran through the entire country when the strike was carried out. I am determined to do justice to this story in my endeavor to bring it to the silver screen.”