— Ronnie Screwvala (@RonnieScrewvala) October 29, 2020
Raja Krishna Menon will be directing the film, which is based on Brigadier Balaram Singh Mehta’s book The Burning Chaffees. Khatter will be seen playing Brigadier Mehra in the film, which is set during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 that led to the formation of Bangladesh.
Pippa is being produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Sidharth Roy Kapur under the banner of RSVP Movies. It has been reported that the movie’s title is taken from the Russian amphibious war tank PT-76, popularly known as Pippa. The film was announced earlier this year, on the eve of Independence Day.
Thakur, who is known for her work in Super 30, and Painyuli, of Extraction and Mirzapur Season 2, will reportedly be seen in the roles of Khatter’s siblings. Soni Razdan will reportedly be seen as their mother.
Talking to Mumbai Mirror, Screwvala who produced Uri: The Surgical Strike, said: “It’s not just about a great patriotic battle. The story of the 45th Squadron led by Captain Balram Mehta is one that needs to be told to this generation. This film is a visual celebration of not only India’s valour, but also our sharp strategy during the 1971 war along with our alliance with Bangladesh, seen through the eyes of the Mehtas and their internal and external conflicts.”
Pippa is written by Ravinder Randhawa, Tanmay Mohan, and Menon. The film is set to hit the theatres next year.
Khatter was last seen in Maqbool Khan‘s Khaali Peeli and Netflix‘s A Suitable Boy, directed by Mira Nair. Next up, the actor has a horror-comedy Phone Bhoot, co-starring Katrina Kaif, and Siddhant Chaturvedi.