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Bollywood To Make Film On “Indian Surgical Strike” on Pakistan

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Mumbai, Sep 19 : The story of India’s surgical strike on terrorist hubs in Pakistan is being made into a Bollywood film produced by Ronnie Screwvala. Actor Vicky Kaushal plays the lead role in the movie titled “Uri“.

RSVP, Screwvala’s creative movie company, made the announcement on Tuesday.

“Today we are a confident, aggressive and new age India – standing up for itself in every way and on the world stage. With this one single military action, we changed the fabric of our border politics forever and that became a watershed moment in our political history. But most importantly, ‘Uri’ is the incredible story of Indians coming together,” Screwvala said.

He said the movie was a “great mix” of being a story that must be told and a story they want to tell.

“Terrorists from Pakistan attacked a military base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18, 2016, leaving 19 Indian soldiers dead. Eleven days later, the Indian Army retaliated with a surgical strike, heightening India-Pakistan tensions”.

The project will have an ensemble cast and is being directed by Aditya Dhar.

Dhar said: “This is the story of what happened in those 11 days… It’s an honour and very reassuring to be backed by Ronnie Screwvala and to execute on this vision and what we believe is an engaging and thrilling story inspired by this true life incident.”

“Uri” will go on floor in early 2018 and will release in September 2018, two years after the surgical strike.

Vicky plays the “lead commander in chief who led this operation and led the paratroopers post the Uri attack”, read a statement issued on behalf of the actor.

“Humbled by this opportunity… Super excited,” Vicky tweeted on Tuesday.

He said: “When this film came to me, I was really thrilled because this is one story I feel everyone needs to know. One of the fantastic Army operations the Indian Army has conducted and with great efficiency. I also feel it is a great opportunity and also a responsibility for all of us to portray this story.”

Vicky will undergo some para-military training for a month to bulk up some kilos before starting the shoot. The “Masaan” actor said the role could be his toughest.

This marks the second collaboration between RSVP and Vicky. The banner’s first production, “Love Per Square Foot”, too has Vicky in the lead and is set for a release in April next year.

As of now, Vicky is busy with “Raazi”, in which he is paired with Alia Bhatt. (IANS)

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“Gully Boy” Becomes Most Tweeted Indian Film of 2019 on Twitter

In an earlier released list of the "Top 10 Most Mentioned Handles in Entertainment - Male", megastar Amitabh Bachchan was named the Shahenshah of Twitter world

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The most mentioned accounts were ranked by number of unique authors who discussed the celebrities on Twitter, from January 1 to November 15 this year. Pixabay

The Ranveer Singh-Alia Bhatt “Gully Boy” has been named the top Hindi movie to rule Twitter in 2019.

According to #ThisHappened 2019 Twitter report, “Gully Boy” was the most tweeted about Hindi movie this year.

Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the film is based on the lives of rappers Naved Shaikh, popularly known as Naezy, and Divine (Vivian Fernandes), although many have noted stylistic and narrative likeness with the Hollywood biopic, “Straight Outta Comption”.

In “Gully Boy”, Ranveer’s character used rap as a tool to express his views on society and life in Dharavi, one of the largest slums of Asia. The film became a superhit on release in February. It was India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year, but failed to make the final list.

The musical romantic drama “Kabir Singh” was second in the list, followed by “Mission Mangal”, “Kesari”, “Housefull 4”, “Uri: The Surgical Strike”, “Kalank”, “Super 30”, “The Tashkent Files” and “Article 15”.

In an earlier released list of the “Top 10 Most Mentioned Handles in Entertainment – Male”, megastar Amitabh Bachchan was named the Shahenshah of Twitter world, followed by Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Vijay, AR Rahman, Ranveer Singh, Ajay Devgn, Mahesh Babu and filmmaker Atlee.

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The Ranveer Singh-Alia Bhatt “Gully Boy” has been named the top Hindi movie to rule Twitter in 2019. Bollywood Country

Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who uses social media to connect with her fans, finished first in the “Top 10 Most Mentioned Handles in Entertainment – Female”. Actress Anushka Sharma was in the second spot, followed with Lata Mangeshkar, Archana Kalpathi, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Alia Bhatt, Kajal Aggarwal, Sunny Leone, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Rakul Preet Singh.

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The most mentioned accounts were ranked by number of unique authors who discussed the celebrities on Twitter, from January 1 to November 15 this year. (Bollywood Country)