Sriram Raghavan to direct a film on youngest Param Vir Chakra recipient Arun Khetarpal

The cast and script of the film is yet to be finalised but Dinesh Vijan will produce the biopic and Sriram Raghavan will direct it.

bollywood Updated: Jun 19, 2018 12:14 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
Sriram Raghavan,Arun Khetarpal,Param Vir Chakra recipient Arun Khetarpal
After Major Vikram Batra, a Bollywood film on Arun Khetarpal is now in the pipeline.

Indian armed forces are synonymous with unbridled stories of incredible valour and heroism. Not surprisingly, Bollywood filmmakers have always taken inspirations from army-men. In the latest instance, we have learnt that a film – tentatively titled, Arun – is set to be made on the life of late Arun Khetarpal. He was a second lieutenant of the Indian Army and a posthumous recipient of the Param Vir Chakra at 21. He attained martyrdom during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

While Sriram Raghavan will be directing Arun, writer Ritesh Shah of Pink (2016) fame is busy penning the script of the film.

“When I heard the story of Arun Khetarpal, it just blew my mind. He is the youngest recipient of the Param Vir Chakra. But I regret the fact that I wasn’t aware of him and his bravery. What he did and the kind of life he lived was absolutely exemplary and unbelievable,” says the film’s producer, Dinesh Vijan.

Vijan, who also directed Raabta in 2015, feels Arun involves a “lot of passion since we all are moved by it”. “At this point, commerce and business aren’t on my mind at all,” he says.

The script of the film is likely to be finalised in six weeks, and only then will makers start their hunt for the actor to play Khetarpal. “I feel whoever plays him should have the same passion and belief. We are doing loads of research right now. I feel it’s a huge responsibility with an extremely inspirational message. Sriram is one of the purest directors around, and Ritesh is as passionate, so I feel it’s the perfect team,” says Vijan.

Although six months of prep will be needed before the film goes on the floors, makers feel they should start filming between April-June next year. “It’s too early to talk about its release but such a film should ideally release on Independence Day or Republic Day,” adds Vijan.


Sidharth Malhotra: He is set to play the Kargil war hero Vikram Batra in a biopic.

Vicky Kaushal: He will be seen as a Para Commando in the Special Forces in Uri, a film based on the September 2016 attacks in Uri, Kashmir.

Akshay Kumar: He plays an army man in Kesari, a war drama based on the Battle of Saragarhi in which an army of 21 Sikhs fought against the Afghans in 1897.

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First Published: Jun 19, 2018 10:31 IST