On most occasions, Varun Dhawan has been seen in characters which have mass appeal. However, he has played some dark characters in the past also. Varun Dhawan is going to reunite with his Badlapur director Sriram Raghavan once again with his next project. In this movie, Varun is expected to play role of an army officer. Story of the movie is based on the 21 year old soldier named Arjun Khetripal who has stood in front of the Pakistani soldier bravely during 1971 Indo-Pak war. Later on, he has been awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his valour. The movie will be produced by Dinesh Vijan.
About the movie, Producer Dinesh Vijan has said “Arun Khetarpal was one of Poona Horse’s most celebrated Lieutenants. When Mukesh (his brother) narrated his story in Delhi, we were already enamoured by his bravery but what connected me more was Arun’s equation with his father. The bond that one shares with one’s father is usually left unexplored. I lost my father five years ago and I miss him every day. With this film, I hope to shed some light on the boy who became a man, a reflection of his father. It’s a huge responsibility to make this biopic. We are indebted to the family and to the Poona Horse regiment for allowing us the honour of telling Arun’s story. We hope to make them proud.”
Talking about the movie, Varun Dhawan has said that it is his dream character to play onscreen. He has said “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.” In addition, Varun is really excited at the opportunity of working with director Sriram Raghavan again.
Director Sriram Raghavan has said about his upcoming biopic, “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.”