Mumbai: Superstar Akshay Kumar and filmmaker Aanand L Rai Friday announced Friday their third collaboration with the film Gorkha. It is a film based on the life of Major General Ian Cardozo. He was the legendary officer of the Gorkha regiment of the Indian Army (5th Gorkha Rifles). Akshay Kumar will be essaying the role of the Indian Army veteran. Cardozo fought in the wars of 1962, 1965, and most notably in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.
National Award-winning filmmaker Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan will be directing the movie. Rai will be producing through his banner ‘Colour Yellow Productions’.
“Sometimes you come across stories so inspiring that you just want to make them. #Gorkha – on the life of legendary war hero, Major General Ian Cardozo is one such film. Honoured to essay the role of an icon and present this special film. Directed By -sanjaypchauhan,” Akshay wrote on Twitter.
Rai, has worked with Akshay on his directorial ventures Atrangi Re and Raksha Bandhan. He said he was honoured to bring the story of the war hero on screen.
“We are honoured to bring the story of a legendary war hero, Major General Ian Cardozo whose name goes down in history for his immense courage in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. I am also excited to work with Akshay sir again for the third time,” Rai said in a statement.
Producer Himanshu Sharma added: “We hope to honour Major General Ian Cardozo in this film which will inspire many. Looking forward to this really special journey.”
Cardozo, the recipient of the Sena Medal (he was India’s first) and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, said his story reflects the values and spirit of every Indian Army officer.
“I feel honoured for this story to be told on the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war. It commemorates the courage and sacrifice of the Armed Forces of India. I look forward to working with Anand and Akshay as they bring this to life. This story reflects the values and spirit of every officer of the Indian Army,” stated Cardozo.
Gorkha will be presented by Akshay, and ‘Colour Yellow Productions’ in association with ‘Cape of Good Films’.