Anup Soni, the television actor who is best known as the host of Crime Patrol, joined the cast of the upcoming war epic series 1962: The War In The Hills, which will release on Disney+ Hotstar on February 26.
According to a press release, Soni will be essaying the role of Major Ranjith Khatar, an army officer and a friend of Major Suraj Singh, played by Abhay Deol.
Although not many details have been announced yet, the Hotstar special series is inspired by true events and narrates an untold story of bravery and valour and how an army of 125 Indians stood against 3000 Chinese soldiers. It follows the attack on India by China, provoked by a territorial dispute and tensions over Tibet. By the end of the war, around 3,250 Indian soldiers were killed and India lost about 43,000 square kilometres of land, captured by China.
Directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, 1962: The War In The Hills also stars Mahie Gill, Sumeet Vyas, Akash Thosar. The series will mark a reunion between Gill and Deol, after they featured together in Anurag Kashyap’s 2009 film Dev D.
Speaking about the series, Soni said in a press release, “Mahesh sir and I go way back! A few years ago we worked together on a project, so we’re quite familiar with each other’s style of working. We met one fine day and he mentioned he’s working on an ambitious take on the 1962 war and I instantly wanted to be a part of it. My role of Ranjeet Khatar is a very sweet and nice one – he is constantly competing with Abhay’s Suraj Singh but in a friendly way. 1962: The War In The Hills is a great story and I am glad I am part of a series that focuses on lesser-known parts of the war. I think any war story related to your own country can be quite inspiring”