Shah Rukh Khan has previously played military man in films like Army and Main Hoon Na. Now his production Red Chillies is all set to present a story of the military, as a salute to the army men, inspired by real life.
The said tribute is inspired from one of India’s most successful and courageous operations in West Africa, Operation Khukri in Sierra Leonne in 2000. Operation Khukri was a multinational operation launched in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), involving India, Ghana, Britain and Nigeria. The aim of the operation was to break the two-month-long siege laid by armed cadres of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) around two companies of 5/8th Gorkha Rifles Infantry Battalion Group at Kailahun by effecting a fighting breakout and redeploying them with the main battalion at Daru.
Operation Khukri was not a success simply in tactical terms. All the besieged forces were evacuated successfully, with one casualty. Also, it was the worst defeat that the RUF has suffered in recent times, and was a tremendous boost to UNAMSIL morale. The Indian Forces were met with a rapturous welcome, as they marched triumphantly into Daru. The people of Sierra Leone helped build the Khukri War Memorial on the bank of the River Moa.
The untitled film in question will be produced in association with Azure Entertainment but there have been no details on the casting as yet. On the other hand, recent reports claim that the film will be made in a grand scale and will have true depiction of the extensive military operation.
From what we hear, along with being shot at real locations in Africa, the film will feature combat battle sequences. It is reportedly said to commence later this year and considered to be one of Red Chillies’ most expensive productions.