Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein, Moksh, Dil ka Rishta, Asambhav etc) for Production houses like Yash Raj Films, Dharma Productions, Rajshri Music, Trimurti Films etc in various capacities as Associate Director, Assistant Director, Editor, Visual Effects and Film Promotion Designer comes with his independent film on a real story of the Indian Air Force – The Great Indian Escape -Khulay Asmaan Ki Oar’ which releases on 24th June
The film is a riveting tale of the true grit of Flt Lt Dilip Parulkar who inspired 2 more POW Pilots Flt Lt MS Grewal ‘Garry’ and Flt Lt Harish Sinhji ‘Harry’ to partake with him in the most outrageous prison break in the history of the Indian Defence Services. In the 1971 India Pakistan War, the Pakistanis took 12 IAF Pilots as POWs. Drawn from various squadrons of the IAF these brave pilots who were captured on separate days during the 13 days of the conflict, spent 12 months as POWs. For the first nine months in a POW camp at Rawalpindi and post that – 3 months in a POW camp in Lyallpur, Pakistan. From flying into Pakistan and successfully bombing targets followed by their subsequent crash and capture, these pilots of the IAF put their training to good use. The story resonated with the adventurous superhero comics that one had read as a child. And so, the journey began!
Director Taranjiet Singh Namdhari says, “This is the story of Inspiration, Bravery, Drama and above all a story of never giving up. In the cast one will see the real heroes – while everybody wants to make films on criminals, sex and underworld nobody wants to tell a true story of the bravery of the Defence services – and we have treated a true story as a genuinely true story. The Escape was a team effort of all the Pilots, while Dilip was the leader / Garry, was the strong man / Harry joined them.”
Wg Cdr Abhinandan’s story played out exactly the way our story plays except for the fact that he was back home in 24 hours while these superheroes had to endure a year of hardship. Everyone associated with the film connected at once.
Film releases on 24th June to 30th June.