Actor Varun Dhawan is all set to star in the biopic of 1971 Battle of Basantar martyr second lieutenant Arun Khetarpal.
The Badlapur actor is all set to do the most important role of his career as he will be playing the role of Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, a martyr of 1971 Battle of Basantar in the upcoming biopic. The film will also embark on the reunion of Varun Dhawan with Badlapur director Sriram Raghavan and producer Dinesh Vijan of Maddock Film. Today, on the 69th birth anniversary of Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal (PVC), the makers announced the biopic on the life of the brave soldier.
“I hope all Indians will feel proud once they hear this story,” Varun Dhawan
Speaking about the biopic and why he decided to signal it green, Dinesh Vijay said:
“Arun Khetarpal was one of Poona Horse’s most celebrated Lieutenants. When Mukesh Khetarpal (brother) narrated his story in Delhi, we were already enamoured by his bravery but what connected me more was Arun’s equation with his father, the bond that one share with his father is usually left unsaid. I lost my father 5 years ago and I miss him every day, with this film I hope to shine some light on the boy who became a man, a reflection of his father. It’s a huge responsibility to make this biopic, we are indebted to the family and to the Poona Horse regiment for allowing us the honor of telling Arun’s story and we hope to make them proud.”
For those who unaware
“No, Sir, I will not abandon my tank. My main gun is still working and I will get these bastards.” Arun Khetarpal PVC
69 years ago, On this day, a man entered into the world and created his name in history. The 21-Years-Old Indian Army Officer, Arun Khetarpal, (14 October 1950- 16 December 1971) was born in Pune, Maharashtra. His Father Brigadier M.L Khetarpal was corps of Engineers officer serving the Indian Army. In Fact, his Family traced a long history of military service.
Arun Khetarpal joined the Indian Military Academy in June 1971. During 1971 Indo-Pak War Arun Khetarpal was Showed courage, standing front to unrelenting attacks by Pakistani Army. He Was Martyred for his motherland at the age of 21 in the Battlefield of Shakargarh during the Indo-Pak war in 1971. Posthumously, honored with India’s highest military decoration Param Vir Chakra.
Talking about the movie, Varun Dhawan told the portal that when producer Dinesh Vijan and Sriram approached him with the story, Besides he was also moved emotionally after meeting Khetarpal’s brother Mukesh.
“Playing a soldier has always been my dream. After I heard Arun Khetarpal’ s story I was honestly shocked that this could actually happen! I understood why Dinoo and Sriram were so passionate about it. And after I met Aruns brother Mukesh Khetarpal I was moved, I too have a brother and I can’t fathom what he must have gone through. This is a story that needs to be told and it’s a responsibility for us to tell it correctly. This is the most important film of my career and I’m so excited to start work with Sriram again. I hope all Indians will feel proud once they hear this story.” The Sui Dhanga actor tod ti an entertainment portal.