The IAF used Mirage 2000 for the Balakot strike (PTI file)
The IAF used Mirage 2000 for the Balakot strike (PTI file)

Vivek Oberoi announces film on Balakot attacks

  • It will deal with events surrounding Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and Squadron leader Minty Agarwal
  • Oberoi’s film will be a trilingual, and will be made in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu

New Delhi: After bringing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s journey to life on screen, actor Vivek Oberoi has announced a film on the Balakot attacks carried out by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan and the disputed region of Kashmir this February.

Oberoi’s film will be a trilingual, and will be made in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. It will depict the true facts, story and bravery of the Indian Air Force and their quick thinking, strategic planning with strong political willingness, a statement from the actor’s team said. To ensure authenticity on the same, the makers will take help of the team that witnessed the incident in real time. The film will be shot in Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi and Agra, and will go on floors at the end of the year.

It will deal with events surrounding Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and Squadron leader Minty Agarwal (Agarwal guided the Indian Air Force’s interception package that was launched to stop Pakistan’s jet fighters. She won the Yudh Seva Medal for the same).

“As a proud Indian, patriot and member of the film fraternity, it’s my duty to highlight what our armed forces are truly capable of. This film is a powerful tool to underline the achievements of brave officers like Abhinandan, who went behind enemy lines and did what makes every Indian proud of them," Oberoi said in a statement.

The Balakot airstrike was one of the most well-planned attacks by the IAF, the actor added.

“I followed everything in the news, right from the attack in Pulwama to the airstrike. 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," he said.

To be sure, Oberoi who played PM Modi in a biopic titled PM Narendra Modi released earlier this year, has added to the long list of political biopics and nationalist narratives currently catching on with the Indian youth that industry experts say is more vocal about its patriotic sentiment than previous generations. In fact the recent Mood of the Nation survey by Karvy Insights and India Today, where 71% of the respondents rated PM Modi’s performance as “good" and “outstanding", also found that a significant 23% respondents believed that it was the Balakot sir strike and the campaign of nationalism that brought NDA back in greater numbers.

“Earlier we would shy away from chest-thumping, now we’ve become far more aggressive and in-your-face. The current government’s posturing is that we will not sit back and watch, a lot of which was captured in Uri," Deepak Kumar, vice-president at advertising agency Dentsu Aegis Network had said in an earlier interview to Mint.

Nationalist tales such as Raazi (domestic box office collection of 122.39 crore), Kesari ( 151.87 crore) and Uri: The Surgical Strike ( 244 crore) have set the cash registers ringing, with Uri emerging as the second-highest grosser of the year so far. In the run-up to the polls earlier this year, a string of biopics on famous politicians were lined up for release. The subjects included Manmohan Singh (The Accidental Prime Minister), Bal Thackeray (Thackeray) and N.T Rama Rao (NTR Kathanayakudu).

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