Sanjay Leela Bhansali has expressed his love for his home country – India – on multiple occasions. Some of his films have also weighed in on patriotic elements or the relevant political landscape. His upcoming film is no different. The ace director has collaborated with Bhushan Kumar on a film on the Balakot air strike conducted by the Indian Air Force in February this year. The announcement was made on Friday. It is being touted as a story that celebrates the reported accomplishments of the IAF and is being helmed by Rock On!! director Abhishek Kapoor. He will be writing the script as well.
The project will also be backed by Mahaveer Jain and Pragya Kapoor. It will be the second film on the February 26 air strike against extremist outfits in Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after the Vivek Oberoi starrer Balakot - The True Story.
A story that celebrates the accomplishments of The Indian Air Force#2019BalakotStrike @PMOIndia @DefenceMinIndia @IAF_MCC #SanjayLeelaBhansali @itsBhushanKumar @AbhisheKapoor #MahaveerJain, @PragyaKapoor_ @Tseries @gitspictures @SundialEnt @prerna982 pic.twitter.com/A5Oh8xpMyB— BhansaliProductions (@bhansali_produc) December 13, 2019
The strike followed the February 14 terror attack targeting the CRPF in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district in which 40 soldiers were killed. "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. "It is a story of bravery, patriotism and love for the country. We endeavour that their story and bravery reaches to everyone in the right way," the 'Padmaavat' director said. Kumar stated, "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.”