T-Series, Ellipsis Entertainment and Asylum Films have announced a collaboration for a war film set during the 1971 Indo-Pak tensions.
‘Navy Day’ is based on the attack on Karachi harbour by the Indian Navy. The film will mark the directorial debut of Razneesh Ghai, a prominent ad filmmaker. The film’s title refers to the crucial Operation Trident launched by the Indian Navy to immobilise Pakistan’s Karachi harbour during the 1971 war.
The operation saw the use of anti-ship cruise missiles for the first time in the sub-continent. The success of the operation led to India celebrating its Navy Day on 4th December every year.
Bhushan Kumar said, “The operation was one of the most successful in modern naval history after World War II. Our navy suffered no losses and caused heavy casualties on the enemy side. T-Series and Ellipsis look forward to bringing to life this extraordinary tale of strategy, thrill and bravery.”
“Navy Day will be one of Ellipsis’ most ambitious films in terms of size and scale. Together, with our friends at T-Series, we look forward to working with Razneesh, yet another doyen of Indian advertising, after Ram Madhvani of Neerja (2016) and Suresh Triveni of Tumhari Sulu (2017),” said Tanuj Garg, Atul Kasbekar and Swati Iyer Chawla in a statement.
Extremely delighted to announce "Navy Day", our next venture celebrating the Greatest Naval Operation by the @indiannavy – the bombing of Karachi Harbour in 1971.
Helmed by Razneesh Ghai.@EllipsisEntt #KrishanKumar @tanuj_garg @atulkasbekar #SwatiIyer #AsylumFilms #NavyDay pic.twitter.com/7MKyCXeFAm
— Bhushan Kumar (@itsBhushanKumar) May 20, 2019
The film is likely to be released next year.