Today is a special occasion that is commemorated all over the country as it is the 19th anniversary of the victory of the Kargil War and is referred to as Kargil Vijay Diwas. It is celebrated every year on July 26 to commemorate India’s victory against Pakistan in the 1999 Kargil War. On this special day, let us see what the famous actors who played roles of brave soldiers in movies like Border and LOC Kargil have to say about the role of the soldiers during the war and their war experience.
Suniel Shetty, who starred in Border, 1997 and LOC Kargil, 2003, says that he was honored to play the role of a real-life hero who constantly works in a uniform for the country without complaining. He says that when he spent time with the soldiers he realized that the Indian Army is uniquely the best and feels that he was probably immortal after signing this movie.
He also mentioned that every time he conversed with the soldiers, they said, “Jaan de denge hum desh ke liye”, which means ‘We’ll die for the country.’ He also recalls by saying that when the Kargil War was on, he had the opportunity of spending time with the soldiers. Irrespective of whether they were hurt, injured, without an arm, or without a leg, each one said “Maa Shakti” when they saw him.
Akshaye Khanna, who starred in Border, 1997 and LOC Kargil, 2003, says that he remembers how scared he was when he fired an army tank for the first time and how unnerving it was to be sitting inside the tank itself. He expresses how dangerously the barrel recoiled just centimeters away from their seat. He says that he used to think that if sitting uncomfortably inside a tank during the shoot was so difficult, what must it be like when you’re being shot at by other tanks, planes, and the enemy fire? He says, “It must be terrifying. I remember having the highest respect for the officers in uniform who do this on a day-to-day basis. It’s really something, extraordinary kind of obsession for selfless service to the nation. Hats off to them!”
Other actors like Puneet Issar who starred in Border, 1997, Sharman Joshi who starred in War Chhod Na Yaar, 2013 and famous filmmaker J.P. Dutta who directed Border and LOC Kargil say that being able to represent your own country, even if it’s on-screen, is a great honour in itself. It’s a feeling of achievement. In common, they all say, “Hats off!” to the brave and selfless Indian Soldiers!