Director Srikant Velagaleti will make a film based on late Captain Saurabh Kalia. Tentatively titled Tagda Raho, the film will focus on the life and times of Kalia.
The Captain and his team were illegally taken prisoner by the Pakistan army on May 15, 1999, during a large scale intrusion by the Pakistanis at the Line of Control.
After an exchange of gunfire, the Indians were captured by the Pakistan army and mercilessly tortured before being shot dead.
Velagaleti met Captain Kalia’s parents recently and has received a no objection certificate from them.
“I liked the vision he had. We acceded to his request as Capt. Kalia belongs to the whole nation,” said Capt. Kalia’s father Narendra K Kalia.
He also added that the film would include the mention of violations of human rights (committed by Pakistan) under the Geneva Convention.
Talking about the film, Srikanth said: “We know what an effect the Kargil War had on our country. However, we don’t know much about the ‘prequel’ to Kargil. People don’t know the political situation that led to Kargil [War]. This film will be a ‘prequel’ from the perspective of Capt. Kalia.”
The team has begun work on the project. Shooting for the film will begin from December this year or January next year.