Arun Khetarpal

The biopic of Param Vir Chakra recipient and Indian Army officer Arun Khetarpal will be a highly inspirational effort, said producer Dinesh Vijan, of the upcoming project starring actor Varun Dhawan and directed by Sriram Raghavan.

“Varun plays the character of Khetarpal, India’s youngest Param Vir Chakra recipient. At the age of 21, the valour that he showed is highly inspiring, and I am sure once we bring the story alive on the big screen, thousands of youngsters of our nation will rethink their lives,” said Vijan. Khetarpal was killed at the Battle of Basantar where India secured the area in Punjab and Jammu during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

Considering Varun’s image as a commercial hero, Vijan added: “I love casting people against type. There are ways to break the stereotype. This is my way. When we cast Deepika Padukone or Varun in roles that the general audience cannot imagine them to be in, we show their versatility.”

This is the third collaboration with Sriram Raghavan after ‘Agent Vinod’ and ‘Badlapur’. According to Vijan, working with Raghavan also makes the Khetarpal biopic a special affair for him. “I have a huge love and respect for Sriram. I know him for 10 years now. He is such a fine storyteller.

This is the first time he is directing a biopic, so it is a big responsibility. As a producer, I believe in supporting a director to make his best possible film, with a good story. We as a company never let a good story go away. Commercial success may or may not happen to every film that we produce, but I always make sure that I am backing stories that I will be proud of,” said Vijan.

The filming of the biopic on the youngest Param Vir Chakra recipient Arun Khetarpal is started from past three-four months, director Sriram Raghavan said. The film will star actor Varun Dhawan in the lead. This is Raghavan and Dhawan’s second collaboration after 2015’s action thriller hit Badlapur. The movie will be released soon.