Bol­ly­wood to De­pict In­dian Air Strikes on Pak­istan Over Kash­mir Bomb­ing

Vivek Oberoi movie will tell ‘true story’ of reprisals af­ter Fe­bru­ary at­tack in which 40 In­dian troops were killed.

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Bol­ly­wood is to make a movie based on the “true story” of In­dian air strikes on Pak­istan this year, its pro­ducer said, the lat­est pa­tri­otic film to hit the sil­ver screen.

The Fe­bru­ary 26 at­tack took place af­ter a sui­cide bomb­ing claimed by a mil­i­tant group based in Pak­istan killed 40 In­dian troops on 14 Fe­bru­ary in In­di­an­con­trolled Kash­mir.

Pak­istan then car­ried out its own raid over the de-facto bor­der in Kash­mir, be­fore the two nu­clear-armed coun­tries stepped

back from the brink of an­other con­flict.

In­dia said that in the raid, its air­craft suc­cess­fully at­tacked a train­ing camp at Balakot and killed “a very large num­ber” of “ter­ror­ists”, but doubts have been raised about its ef­fi­cacy.

At the time, Im­ran Khan, the Pak­istani Prime Min­is­ter, said In­dia’s claim that it had hit the Balakot camp was “a self-serv­ing, reck­less and fic­ti­tious claim”. The new movie is set to be pro­duced by Vivek Oberoi, who starred in a flat­ter­ing biopic of prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, the re­lease of which was de­layed so as not to in­ter­fere with this year’s elec­tion.

It will also tell the story of han­dle­bar-mous­tached Ab­hi­nan­dan Varthaman, an In­dian pi­lot who was shot down in the raid and then handed over by Pak­istan, be­com­ing a na­tional hero.

“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,” Oberoi was quoted as say­ing by In­dian me­dia. Kash­mir has been di­vided be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan since the end of Bri­tish colo­nial rule in 1947. Both claim the Hi­malayan ter­ri­tory in full and have fought two wars over it.

Ear­lier this month In­dia stripped its part of the re­gion’s au­ton­omy, send­ing tens of thou­sands of ex­tra troops and im­pos­ing a lock­down and a com­mu­ni­ca­tions black­out that on Fri­day en­tered its 19th day.

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