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Ishaan Khattar to play an Army veteran in 1971 war film “Pippa”

Ishaan Khattar has signed up for a war film titled "Pippa" helmed by director Raja Krishna Menon. The film will be produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur.

Ishaan Khattar who is making headlines for his string of upcoming big-budget projects has announced his next venture with Raja Krishna Menon. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur, the film titled “Pippa” is a war film based on Army veteran Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta. The story will revolve around an Indian army tank- a first and unconventional take for Indian cinema.

Pippa is set during the Battle of Garibpur, in which the 45th Cavalry Tank Squadron, led by Captain Balram Singh Mehta fought the Pakistani forces in 1971. The 1971 Indo-Pak war marked the liberation of Bangladesh. The battle took place for  12 continuous days before India infiltrated the enemy land.

In a statement about the film, Ishaan Khattar said, “I’m exhilarated to be a part of a film of such magnitude. Getting a chance to play the role of the spirited tank commander Captain Balram Mehta is a privilege and honor”.

Makers Statement

Producer Ronnie Screwvala who was also credited for the blockbuster film Uri: The Surgical Strike says, “The story of the 45th Squadron led by Captain Balram Mehta is one that needs to be told to this generation. Pippa is a visual celebration of not only India’s valor but also the sharp strategy shown by us during the year of 1971 along with our alliance with Bangladesh, all seen through the eyes of the Mehta family”.

Of many things, the film will also act as a coming of age story for the young Captain Mehta. Pippa is based on the book The Burning Chaffees, penned by the retired Brigadier Mehta himself. Written by Raja Krishna Menon, Randhawa, and Tanmay Mohan, it will dive straight into the intricacies of multiple families dislocated by the war that led to the current refugee crisis in India.

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