Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s next film is reportedly based on Indian Air Force’s rescue operation, ‘Operation Khukri’ in Africa. The actor will play a soldier in this war film, with his production company, Red Chillies Entertainment, bankrolling it.
According to a Mumbai Mirror report, the film will be the production house’s most expensive project till date and will be shot in Sierra Leone and other locations where the operation had taken place. A source has told Mirror: “It has been researched extensively and will be mounted on a really large scale. It will be a true depiction of a massive military operation and will celebrate our heroes. The director and cast are being finalised, the film will roll later this year.”
Operation Khukri was carried out in a tropical forest in Sierra Leone, West Africa back in 2000. It was a mission to rescue around 223 peacekeepers of India who were sent to Sierra Leone by United Nations to help the government there in tackling Revolutionary United Front (RUF), a rebel group. Major (now Lt Col) Harinder Sood led the operation and around 120 IAF officers were flown from Indian to Africa for the same. The team was able to rescue all the peacekeepers. During the operation, the IAF contingent flew a total of 98 sorties over 66:05 hours. There were no Indian and Nepali casualties, no injuries other than a few shrapnel wounds.