After PM Modi biopic, Vivek Oberoi to star in film on Balakot air strikes

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MUMBAI: Vivek Oberoi is all set to present the true story of Indian Air Force's airstrikes on terror camps in Balakot in a trilingual film.

 

“Titled ‘Balakot - The True Story’, the movie 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 actor-producer said in a statement.

As per the report, 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.

"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. 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.

"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.

As per the report, the movie will be shot in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Agra and the cast and a director for the film will be announced soon. It will go on floors end of the year.

On February 14, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.

The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.

Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was caused by a suicide bomber.

On February 26, Indian Air Force (IAF) had attacked terror camps in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The airstrikes come 12 days after the dreaded terror outfit-Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a debilitating attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14.

A day later, Pakistan fighter jets violated Indian airspace and the aerial fight ensued.

Abhinandan had strayed into Pakistan territory after shooting down the F-16 during a dogfight that had taken place on February 27. His own aircraft, a MiG-21 Bison, had been hit by a missile forcing him to eject from the fighter jet before it crashlanded in Pakistan.

Pakistani security forces had captured Abhinandan but released him on March 1st to India at the Wagah border.

 

 

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