Varun Dhawan to play Param Vir Chakra recipient Arun Khetarpal in a biopic


After ‘Badlapur’, Varun Dhawan is again going to reunite with Dinesh Vijan and Sriram Raghavan and this time for a biopic. This is going to be Varun’s first biopic and it is going to be really interesting. Varun will play the role of Param Vir Chakra recipient Arun Khetarpal, who is honoured with this prestigious award posthumously forshowing his excellent courage in the 1971 Battle of Basantar, a vital battle of the Indo-Pak war. Varun will play the 21-year-old army officer  

Varun told Mumbai Mirror, “When I heard Arun Khetarpal’s story I was awed that this could have actually happened. I understood then why Dinoo (Dinesh Vijan) and Sriram are so passionate about it. When I met Arun’s brother Mukesh, I was moved. I too have a brother and I can’t understand what he must have gone through. And it’s our responsibility to tell it correctly. This is the most important film of my career and I’m excited to start work with Sriram again. I hope all Indians will feel as proud when they see our story unfold on screen.”

He added, "This is the most important film of my career and I'm so excited to start work with Sriram again. I hope all Indians will feel proud once they hear this story."

Filmmaker Sirram told the tabloid, “The courage of Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal during the 1971 Battle of Basantar is well known. I was a kid during the ’71 war but I remember pasting black paper on windows during blackouts. When Dinoo approached me to make a film on the subject, I found it daunting initially. But movies set in wartime have always moved me and this made me reconsider my decision. This is a solid story told over two generations of soldiers and we hope we can do justice to it.”

Earlier, announcing the film in 2018, producer Dinesh Vijan had told Hindustan Times, “When I heard the story of Arun Khetarpal, it just blew my mind. He is the youngest recipient of the Param Vir Chakra. But I regret the fact that I wasn’t aware of him and his bravery. What he did and the kind of life he lived was absolutely exemplary and unbelievable.”