Kandahar Review

The shocking incident of an Indian Airlines flight IC-814 being hijacked by terrorists and forcing a landing at Kandahar in 1999 would be re-narrated on screens in Major Ravi’s ‘Kandahar.’The film which has a powerful battery of actors led by mega star Amitabh Bachchan and South Indian superstar Mohanlal would hit the screens in January next year and is expected to be dubbed in tamil and malyalam as well.One of the darkest episodes for the Atal Bihar Vajpayee led NDA government which forced New Delhi to release one of the most dangerous terrorists (who was later responsible for the Parliament attacks of December 13, 2001) the movie would have a lot of pressure to get the script and direction accurate.It is unlikely that the director would delve into the post hijack phase and its eventual impact on internal security in the country, and the role played by top Indian government officials especially Lal Krishna Advani, Jaswant Singh and Brijesh Mishra.

The movie is expected to be realistic and stick to the bare facts of that incident and not get carried away by the over-the-top Rajnikanth style of movies which are often hardto believe. To get the sounds effects in top order producer Sunil Nair has roped in Oscarwinner Resul Pookutty.

The Rs 40 crore plus Kandahar would also cast other south Indian actors like GaneshVenkatraman, Sumalatha, Parvathy Omanakuttan, Kaveri Jha and Ananya. The movie would have music from Shameer Tandon and Ravi Varman is the cinematographer.Mohan Lal who is also the producer of the movie would be in a lead role. Amitabh Bachchan will also have a very meaty role. It is understood that the film had offered the Big B a sum of Rs 10 crore for the film which he refused. This is not the first time that a movie based on the plane hijack is being made in India. Shiney Ahuja’s ‘Hijack’ that released two years back was also modelled on similar lines but it was a disaster to say the least. Hence director Major Ravi ‘s Kandahar would have tofight stereotypes and bring that fateful period alive.