South Indian actor Varun Tej has been tapped to head the cast of a patriotic Air Force action movie, which remains unnamed as of now. Filming is slated to begin this November. 

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Shakti Pratap Singh Hada, a commercials maker and cinematographer, will make his directorial debut with the SPIP and Renaissance Pictures-produced movie. Apart from Hada, Aamir Khan and Siddharth Raj Kumar, have helped write the script. The movie is slated for a 2023 release and will be shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi.  

As per SPIP, the forthcoming movie is “a patriotic, edge-of-the-seat entertainer [that] will showcase the indomitable spirits of our heroes on the frontlines and the challenges they face as they fight one of the biggest, fiercest aerial attacks that India has ever seen”, Variety reported. 

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Tej, locally called Mega Prince, will make his Hindi movie debut with this project. He said in a statement, “I am honoured to have received the opportunity to play the role of an Indian Air Force Officer and celebrate their valour on the big screen. We [will] strive to make a film that we hope will be a perfect tribute to the Indian Air Force”, adding, “The script for this film provides a challenge to break out of my previous roles. As an (IAF)officer, my character has layers that will be interesting for me to showcase. I will be undergoing immense training and I am excited to see how the audiences react to this one.” 

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While the studio has said the story is based on true events, it didn’t specify which ones. India has had contentions along the borders with both Pakistan and China. Some of the recent events have also made their way to movies like Uri, which told the story of an Indian covert op to retaliate against an attack on a Kashmir military base that claimed the lie of many of the nation’s soldiers.