Coming soon, a movie on surgical strikes: Do you know who’s making it?

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 19, 2016 20:26 IST
A shot from an earlier movie by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

A movie on Indian Army’s recent surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is coming soon. Who’s making it? Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of Dera Sacha Sauda headquartered in Sirsa (Haryana); better known as ‘MSG’.

“I am going to start ‘MSG The Lionheart: Hind Ka NaPak Ko Jawab’. In the film, I will highlight the current situation of our country and answer even those who are asking to prove the surgical strike. Hopefully, we will complete the film within 25 days,” he said. In the title, the word ‘Napak’ being an apparent play on Pakistan and also the words ‘Pak’ (Urdu for pious) and ‘Napak’ (sinister).

He shared the movie plan in response to a journalist’s query in Mumbai after the success bash of his third and latest movie, ‘MSG The Warrior: Lion Heart’, which has earned Rs 176 crore so far, according to dera spokesman Aditya Insan. Aditya said the dera head did not name any country, but used the word ‘Napak’.

The movie’s nationalistic flavour is a continuation of what the sect head has been portraying in his earlier movies. While the first two movies had an element of nationalism and also songs featuring him flying the Indian flag, the latest movie in theatres now portrays him as a “top secret agent” who is fighting for the country and the world.

The dera had backed the BJP in the Haryana assembly polls and Gurmeet is playing to the gallery of hyper-nationalism that has found currency under the Narendra Modi-led central regime. This also comes at a time when a rape case against Gurmeet is at the final stages in Panchkula, 14 years after the FIR was registered. He is facing charges in other cases too, including those of murder.

“The film revolves around the terrorists and jawans (soldiers). It will also talk about the surgical strikes,” he said. The surgical strikes came after the September 18 cross-border terror attack on an army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 19 Indian soldiers died.“We are losing our jawans so often. How many of us care about them? Suddenly some people have started asking for proof. It hurts me and I thought to reply them through my film,” he said.The movie is likely to hit theatres in the next quarter, the spokesman said.

On Pakistani artistes working in India, the dera head said Pakistan has become “synonymous with terror”. “It is very difficult to swallow that anything they do will be well-intentioned; there is plenty of talent in India. India does not persecute or torture; asking them to work in Pakistan is a fair thing,” a statement read.

(With IANS inputs from Mumbai)

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