Varun Dhawan reunites with ‘Badlapur’ team for biopic

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Sriram Raghavan gave a career defining role to Varun Dhawan with ‘Badlapur’ (2015) and, since then, there was no turning back for the star. Dhawan delivered arguably his career’s best performance and people were surprised to see him in this raw character with grey shades. After ‘Badlapur,’ people have been waiting for another interesting collaboration between the pair on the big screen. Four years on, the filmmaker seemed to have found the right script for Dhawan.

Dhawan’s forthcoming film is a biopic on Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal, who was a part of the Indian army during 1971 Indo-Pak war. At the age of 21, he fought for his country and sacrificed his life, reports DNA India. The film also marks the reunion of the whole ‘Badlapur’ team including producer Dinesh Vijan of Maddock Films.

Talking about the film, Dhawan told the Mumbai Mirror, “When I heard Arun Khetarpal’s story I was awed that this could have actually happened! I understood then why Dinoo (Dinesh Vijan) and Sriram are so passionate about it. When I met Arun’s brother Mukesh, I was moved. I too have a brother and I can’t understand what he must have gone through,” he says, reiterating that this is a story which needs to be told. “And it’s our responsibility to tell it correctly. This is the most important film of my career and I’m excited to start work with Sriram again. I hope all Indians will feel as proud when they see our story unfold on screen.”

While Raghavan added, “The courage of Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal during the 1971 Battle of Basantar is well known. I was a kid during the ’71 war but I remember pasting black paper on windows during blackouts. When Dinoo approached me to make a film on the subject, I found it daunting initially. But movies set in wartime have always moved me and this made me reconsider my decision. This is a solid story told over two generations of soldiers and we hope we can do justice to it.”

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