Nikhil Dwivedi’s next production is based on liberation of Bangladesh
Actor-producer Nikhil Dwivedi has announced his next home production film 1971.
The movie is based around the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war and the liberation of Bangladesh.
Dwivedi, who has been garnering praise for his performance in Hansal Mehta-directed Scam 1992, has previously produced films such as Veere Di Wedding and Dabangg 3. The actor turned producer also starred in films like My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves(2008), Shor in the City (2011), Hate Story (2012), and Tamanchey(2014).
While the 1971 Indo-Pak war has been the backdrop of a few films in the past, Dwivedi’s film will have a completely fresh take on the same.
Dwivedi said the aim behind 1971is to showcase a “real war film” to the audiences.
The film revolves around the Liberation of Dacca, which is now spelled Dhaka. He has been working on putting the film together for some time now and chose Republic Day to make an announcement.
“We plan to show the event as is, right from a historian’s textbook to celluloid. My attempt would be to make it as real and authentic as possible, without any jingoism. We want to design it as per international standards,” Dwivedi said in a statement.
The film will also focus on the two important and powerful Indians – Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India and Sam Maneckshaw, who was the Chief of the Army staff during the war.
“1971 will show both of them worked in complete sync to lead India to one of the most emphatic victories in post modern world. It was as much as a political and diplomatic war as much as it was fought by the armed forces,” Dwivedi added.
The makers are currently finalising the cast for the film, post which, the war drama will hit the floors.
They are, however, yet to announce the release date.
The Indo-Pak conflict of 1971 has always caught the fancy of filmmakers in Bollywood.
Hindi movies from different eras based on the 1971 war include Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973), Aakraman(1975), Border (1997), Raazi (2018), and Romeo Akbar Walter (2019).