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Vodka Diaries director to helm war drama Golden Arrows 

The film is based on the life of Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa

Published: 25th August 2021
Vodka Diaries director to helm war drama Golden Arrows 

Vodka Diaries director Kushal Srivastava is returning with a new film. Titled Golden Arrows, Kushal's next feature is a war drama based on the life of Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa. 

Birendra Singh Dhanoa was Commanding Officer of a front line ground attack fighter squadron during the 1999 Kargil war. He later served as the 25th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force from 2016 to 2019. 

Golden Arrows is dedicated to Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja and will showcase the brotherhood between him and Wing Commander Dhanoa.

In 1999, Wing Commander Dhanoa's role during the Kargil War was to click pictures of the enemy area. But when his wingman Squadron Leader Ahuja is shot down, he modifies the role of his MiG-21 from photo recon to bombing and attacks the enemy to avenge his wingman's death.

Kushal, who is an ex-Air Force officer, said, "Having served in the Indian Air Force, it has been my dream to be able to pay tribute to our Air warriors through the power of cinema. My film is about the toughest air war ever fought in the world and is based on a true war the Indian Air Force fought with exceptional courage. It's time we introduce to our audiences the world of our Air Warriors and their brotherhood with the Indian Army."

Revealing his research and preparation for the film, the director added, "I have had several meetings with Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa and his wife Mrs Kamalpreet Dhanoa. They have given us many insightful details about their lives. Dhanoa sir explained his day-to-day routines at the Srinagar Air Base and the challenges they had to face while fighting. Also, we've had detailed discussions with Air Marshal Vinod Patney, who spearheaded the war."

The cast of Golden Arrows is yet to be finalised. The makers plan to go on floors early next year.

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