Saturday, June 13, 2015

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra pays ode to 1962 unsung Indian solider

Unlike other filmmakers who aim at box office collection intelligent filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is an exception. He is known for making films that are unconventional and away from the run of the mill stuff like RANG DE BASANTI, BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, DELHI-6 etc.

Hence when there are hoards of biopics being made on personalities that have glamour and spectacle attached to them like AZHAR, MAIN AUR CHARLES, biopics on actor Kishore Kumar and Sanjay Dutt, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has decided to make a biopic on the unsung solider who played a pivotal role in Indo-China war and became a martyr fighting for the motherland.

Briefing media about the movie Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra informed that movie is made on the life of Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, who laid down his life in the 1962 Indo-China war and was later posthumously awarded the highest Indian Army honor of Maha Vir Chalra for his incredible valor and inspirational guts to defend Mother India. 

The film is written by eminent writer Kamlesh Pandey, who has written successful films like Anil Kapoor’s TEZAAB, Subhash Ghai’s SAUDAGAR and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra RANG DE BASANTI. 

Speaking about the film Kamlesh Pandey, said, “The story of Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat is very inspirational because not many know that when China attacked India in 1962 India was not completely equipped for the war and also our soldiers were not trained hence it was an arduous task.”

“Rawat’s story is stirring particularly for the youngster because he was just 22 years yet he fought valiantly against many odds ranging from the thick weather to ill equipped military warfare and saved the lives of many soldiers by attacking the enemy and lying down his life in the process, “he added. 

Jaswant Singh Rawat’s tale of valor and sacrifice continues to serve as an inspiration to many army personnel. At the spot where he fought, a small temple is also built in his memory. 

But alas the nation does not know about him hence it is commendable that Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is making a film on him so that the world knows about his great sacrifice. 

In fact biopics of such inspirational personalities are the need of the hour looking at our youngsters going erratic due to lack of reading and moving away from virtues and ethics.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a legal soup!

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and film director Omung Kumar are in a soup for making a biopic on the sensitive tale of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner who languished more than 20 years in Pakistan prison on charges of spying and terrorism. 

The movie that had generated much enthusiasm among film buffs and was to go on floor soon has landed in a controversy as Baljinder Kaur, a women claiming to be the ‘Real’ sister of Sarabjit Singh has sent legal notices to the director Omung Kumar and the lead actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan warning them from misinterpreting the facts about Sarabjit's life.

It may be noted that though the movie focuses on the protagonist Sarabjit Singh but the backbone of the movie is its female protagonist Dalbir Kaur (played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) sister of Sarabjit Singh, who played a lion’s share in generating a campaign for her brother’s release and also halting Sarabjit's execution, as he was charged of terrorism and spying by the Pakistani court and sentenced to death in 1991. 

However Baljinder Kaur claims that Dalbir Kaur is not the Real sister of Sarabjit Singh and also discards the theory that Sarabjit Singh (who was a farmer by profession) had crossed the Indian border in a state of inebriation as utterly incorrect. Instead she declared that Sarabjit Singh was an undercover agent of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), external intelligence wing of the defence forces and was in Pakistan for a mission. 

It may be noted that Sarabjit Singh had ten siblings but nobody was in picture when Sarabjit Singh was sentenced to death on terrorism charges except Dalbir Kaur, who run from pillar to post to get justice for his brother since 1991. 

When contacted Dalbir Kaur denied the allegations of Baljinder Kaur and has also come forward to undergo a DNA test to prove that she is the sister of Sarabjit Singh.

Briefing media Dalbir Kaur said, “The world is aware that who has fought tooth and nail for Sarabjit Singh.” She added, “My other siblings were nowhere when I single handedly struggled for my brother’s release but after his death these siblings are coming to garner cheap publicity.