MUMBAI— On Army Day, Applause Entertainment reveals their plans to develop the true story of the 2016 Uri Surgical Strikes into a multi-part series.
“In a world that’s seemingly without borders, in which information often travels faster than the truth, it’s a privilege to bring to life the true account of India’s Surgical Strikes on terror launch pads across the LOC in September 2016,” noted Sameer Nair, CEO, Applause Entertainment, who is keen to produce content that is not just about great storytelling but also deeply rooted in history and reality.
This led him to buy the rights of the first chapter of Shiv Aroor’s and Rahul Singh’s bestselling book, “India’s Most Fearless,” published by Penguin Random House India. Said Nair, “We are most excited to be telling this story. A 10-part drama series will bring to life India’s most audacious military action in recent times, taking the battle deep into the enemy camp. I believe that the stories about homeland security and unsung heroes help make us appreciate their sacrifices and sensitize us as an audience to the enemy within and outside.We are looking forward to working with the authors of the book, and to Samar Khan, who is leading this project for us.”
Speaking on the new partnership, army chief General Bipin Rawat, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, said, “This tremendous tale of bravery is one with which every Indian should be familiar and be inspired.”
The authors, Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh, are excited about this collaboration, which according to them, will set the bar high for Indian content. “We’re very excited about this next phase in the journey of “India’s Most Fearless.” Our sole access to the Army officer who led the 2016 surgical strikes offers the only authentic first-hand account of what really happened. It’s going to be terrific seeing this true story jump off the pages we wrote and onto screens.”
The publishers, Penguin Random House, India, are also looking forward to the series. “We are extremely thrilled about this partnership. Stories of supreme courage like these highlight the conviction with which the Army works, and it is important that these are made known,” said Vaishali Mathur, – executive editor and Head, Rights and Language Publishing, Penguin Random House India.
This is the only official and real account of what happened during the September 2016 Surgical Strikes by India, on terror launch pads across the LOC. The chapter in the book gives a true account of the extraordinary courage, fearlessness, and heroism our soldiers displayed in unthinkably hostile conditions and in enemy territory. Major Mike Tango of the Special Forces led the historical strikes, and the story in the book is told in his own words, detailing the extreme planning it took to carry out this audacious mission.
Being produced by Irada Entertainment LLP for Applause Entertainment, the series is being planned for a 2018 launch on a digital platform. Here’s wishing that a hugely popular television channel was the platform instead for something every Indian and the world ought to know!