New Delhi: The surgical strike carried out by the Indian Army on the night of September 28 last year, when Indian commandos were paradropped into Pakistan and killed 50 terrorists, had all the ingredients needed for a Bollywood potboiler.
Sure enough, a year on, the operation has spawned a number of book and film projects. Two books have been written on the subject, and a Hindi film adaptation is in the making, timed to play in theatres by the second anniversary of the event.
Nitin A Gokhale’s book In Securing India the Modi Way: Pathankot, Surgical strikes and More is scheduled to be released in New Delhi on Friday. And India’s Most Fearless: True Stories of Modern Military Heroes by Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh, although about a wider subject, has a chapter devoted to the surgical strike.
The film Uri, Ronnie Screwvala’s production company RSVP, is to be directed by Adia Dhar and will star actor Vicky Kaushal as a commando, who leads a group of paratroopers across the border.
“I was really thrilled about it because this is one story everyone needs to know — a fantastic operation that the Indian Army conducted with great efficiency,” Kaushal said.
Gokhale’s book sheds light on some national security and foreign policy initiatives, including the surgical strikes, of the Modi-led NDA government, while Aroor and Singh’s book includes the story of a commando who was a part of the operation.
“It (the surgical strike) is important because it was a milestone in the way the government has dealt with insurgency and terrorism. It helped unshackle the military’s thinking and sent multiple messages to Pakistan and the rest of the world,” Gokhale said.
In the US, Geronimo, the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, sparked a number of fictional and non-fictional accounts. Is this India’s Geronimo moment?
Not quite, says sociology don Shiv Visvanathan.
“The strike is a way of saying that we have replied to Pakistan and that we are strong. It is an example that our Army is a hero unlike in Kashmir. There will be three or four films and that’s the end of it,” he said.