We recently saw the trailer of the upcoming Tamil film “Kaatru Veliyidai” directed by legendary Indian filmmaker Mani Ratnam where we see one of the talented Tamil actors Karthi donning the Blue uniform and sharing the screen space with the celebrated Hindi actress Aditi Rao Hydri who looks amazing in the film. The film, slated for release on 7 April 2017 has already wowed the audience with it’s music (A. R. Rahman), visuals (Ravi Varman), trailer and the IAF backdrop.
The Air arm of the Indian military forces; the Indian Air Force is the fourth largest Air Force in the world which has been instrumental in the battle front as well as in peace operations as well where it has proved its mettle from all it’s departments, right from Flying till Films!
Yes..the Indian Air Force has contributed in films too where we had the legendary actor Nasser to Lara Dutta being an integral part of the performing field in Cinema. And yes…we also had films on it’s backdrop as well!
Coming to the backdrop, the IAF has mostly been highlighted during the battle scenario in films like “Sangam”, “Border”, “Mausam”. However, the film “Vijeta” was ‘sort of inspiration’ to the youth to don the blue uniform along with highlighting war situation (1971 war) which was carried forward in 2004 by the cult film “Lakshya” which had the Kargil War alongside. “Rang De Basanti” touched the issues of corruption regarding the fighter jets purchases and “Sainyam” highlighted on the growing terrorism within the boundaries of the country. “Dharti” touched on the issue of politics By the way, we certainly wont add “Agneepankh” (2004) which was a distorted remake of the Hollywood classic “Top Gun” where Tom Cruise’s look became a rage worldwide including in India too and was followed by many youngsters in the forces as well.
Now when it comes to accuracy, Raj Kapoor’s ‘Sangam’ (1964), Govind Nihalini’s “Vijeta” (1983) and J.P. Dutta’s ‘Border’ (1997) were the only films that matched the accuracy well into the skin at some extent, although all the films had the backdrop of the war. Whereas the Joshi directed Malayalam film “Sainyam” (1993) had one of the leading South legendary actors Mammooty who was praised for his depiction as a film but the film got diverted too much in the action as well as music and dance stuff. For those who dont know, one of the leading South actors Vikram (Of Aparichit and I fame) played a small part in the film too as an IAF officer!
Same goes for the Pankaj Kapoor directed 2011 film “Mausam” where Shahid Kapoor’s officer look had all the youngsters and girls from the forces background drooling over him, yet the accuracy failed in highlighting the fighter jet action sequence which was poorly executed through shoddy VFX work. The Punjabi film “Dharti” (2011) starring Jimmy Shergill which was shot in Ambala was less of the IAF and more of politics, although the depiction was praised, despite being minimal. The 2008 Hindi film “Heroes” had a slight tinge with Sunny Deol playing the crippled IAF officer, but despite having a good story…well…ahem ahem…
For those who might have forgotten, we do remember Matthew McCoughney in the 2014 blockbuster “Interstellar” (Christopher Nolan) mentioning about a IAF drone which travels in the beginning of the film!
South film industry has got 3 films this year having all the three wings of the Indian Armed Forces in each respectively. “The Ghazi Attack” (Navy-Telugu-Sankalp), “Kaatru Veliyidai” (Air Force-Tamil-Mani Ratnam) and “1971” (Army-Malayalam-Major Ravi). With the former doing decent with the critics and audiences alike. It will be worthy to see how the rest of the two along with Salman Khan starrer “Tubelight” (on the Army backdrop) would score in accuracy as well as content.
By the way, don’t you think we should take cues from Hollywood and bring more of “Saving Private Ryan” and “Top Gun” in a Desi Tadka in India?