Vivek Oberoi to Make a Film on Balakot IAF Strikes After PM Narendra Modi Biopic
Vivek Oberoi, who last appeared on screen as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be producing a film on the Pulwama attack and 2019 Balakot air strikes.
Vivek Oberoi last appeared in in a biographical drama film directed by Omung Kumar, where he portrayed Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Modi biopic was released in May 2019 and the Bollywood actor will now be producing a movie based on the 2019 Balakot air strikes, as a tribute to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The film has been titled Balakot and will showcase the capture and release of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, in the aftermath of an attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on 14th February 2019. Speaking about his new project, Vivek said,
“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. In the form of a trilingual, this film is a powerful tool to underline the achievements of brave officers like Wing Commander Abhinandan, who went behind the enemy lines and did what makes every Indian proud of them.”
He further said that the Balakot air strike was “one of the most well-planned attacks by the IAF” and that he had “followed everything in the news right from the attack in Pulwama to the air strikes in Balakot.” He said that the film would put an end to all the speculations and mixed reports regarding the incident. “I thank the IAF for trusting us with this story and we hope to do justice to it,” he added.
Vivek said he was “delighted to receive the requisite permission from the IAF a day before Independence Day.” He further said that “Hollywood filmmakers applaud their Armed Forces, intelligence agencies, industries and leaders” and Indian filmmakers should not shy away from doing that for India. Balakot will be shot in Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi and Agra. The film will be shot in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, and will feature some established actors from all three industries. It will go on floors this year and is expected to release in 2020.