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Nikhil Dwivedi announces his next project: 1971, a film that traces India’s most emphatic victory against Pakistan
It’s Republic Day and the biggest film announcement of the year is here! Producer-actor Nikhil Dwivedi has locked his next production venture titled 1971 – a mega war film based on the Indo-Pakistan war. His magnum opus will be set in the same year, revolving around the Liberation of Dacca. The producer has been working on putting the film together for a while, and chose Republic Day to announce it.
While the 1971 Indo-Pak war has been the backdrop of a few films in the past, Nikhil Dwivedi’s film will have a completely fresh take on the same. In fact, the Veere Di Wedding producer plans to make it on a gigantic scale. Nikhil shares, “India has never seen a real war film. We plan to show the event as is, right from a historian’s textbook to celluloid. My attempt would be to make it as real and authentic as possible, without any jingoism. We want to design it as per international standards.”
1971 will mostly focus on the dynamic between two very important and powerful Indian faces – Indira Gandhi, the then-Prime Minister of India, and Sam Manekshaw, the Chief of the Army Staff during the Indo-Pak war. Nikhil Dwivedi adds, “1971 will show both of them worked in complete sync to lead India to one of the most emphatic victories in the post modern world. It was as much as a political and diplomatic war as much as it was fought by the armed forces.” Casting for the film is already underway and an announcement on that will be made once the actors are locked for the main roles. The war drama is going to hit the floors soon.
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