Pooja Chopra

Former Miss India and actress Pooja Chopra will be seen playing the role of an army captain who leads four men for a covert operation in Neeraj Pandey’s “Aiyaary.” (photo provided)

MUMBAI—For years, women have fought to find a foothold in occupations that are traditionally dominated by males. It is only in recent times that women have been recruited into the ranks that were occupied by men in the Armed Forces.

Actress and former Miss India (2009) Pooja Chopra’s next film, Neeraj Pandey’s “Aiyaary,” has her in a role that breaks stereotypes. The actress will be seen playing the role of an army captain who leads four men for a covert operation.

Chopra stated in a media release, “My character in the film is of Capt. Maya Semwal. She is a strong-headed army captain. I’m thankful to Neeraj-sir that he thought of me for the part.” The strong character played by the actress is an ode to all strong women who find their foothold in places dominated by men.

She added, “In fact, last year in October, the Indian Air Force got three female pilots – Mohana Singh, Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi – to fly the supersonic fighter jets. This is for the first time that women were appointed to pilot a jet in the air-force. It is commendable how women are coming in to protect our country and finding a place in the armed forces. The film is an ode to women like them.”

Even during the promotions of the film at the Border Security Force post in Jaisalmer, the actress has displayed immense strength while doing the drills designed for Indian jawans. She completed a very difficult rope-climbing activity with perfection.

The film releases on Feb. 9. Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee head the ensemble cast. Chopra has done another patriotic film in her career: “Commando” (2013).

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