Starring Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra in lead roles, “Aiyaary” is set to release on Republic Day 2018. (photo provided)

MUMBAI—Neeraj Pandey has been inundated with appreciation calls and messages from army officials across the nation for the trailer of his upcoming espionage thriller “Aiyaary.” Pandey, who can be termed the pioneer of films based on India’s named and unnamed soldiers, has set this film against an army background.

The film has received appreciation from army officials, and after the trailer released, Pandey has been bestowed with appreciation calls and been messaged by our jawans. Earlier, the Ministry of Defence had thanked the team of “Aiyaary” for their support during the Armed Forces Week.

Starring Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra in lead roles, the film also stars Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Rakul Preet Singh, Kumud Mishra, Pooja Chopra, Adil Hussain and Vikram Gokhale in pivotal roles. The story is about two strong-minded army officers having completely different views, yet right in their ways. Malhotra, as an army officer, shares a protégé-mentor bond with Manoj Bajpayee.

Most of Pandey’s films, from “A Wednesday!” to “Special 26” (it did not feature India’s defense personnel as protagonists but showed a devoted team of officers investigating white-collar crime), “Baby,” “Rustom” (which Pandey only produced) and “Naam Shabana” (which he produced and was a spin-off from his hit “Baby”) have paid tribute to the officials who serve the nation, in uniform or otherwise. The only exceptions are his production “Total Siyappa” and “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story,” his last directorial, which was the biopic of one of India’s ace cricketers.

Releasing aptly on Republic Day 2018, the Plan C and Jayantilal Gada (Pen) presentation “Aiyaary” is produced by Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada and Motion Picture Capital.

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