Nana Patekar and his still from the 1991 film Prahaar
Nana Patekar and his still from the 1991 film Prahaar

Nana Patekar reveals being part of the Indian Army during Kargil War, shares how he lost 20 kgs in 2 months

The veteran actor recalls calling George Fernandes, the then Defence Minister, and requesting him to let him be part of the Kargil war

Nana Patekar recently revealed that he was part of the Indian Army during the Kargil War. He said that he eventually became part of the Quick Reaction Team (QRT) and lost almost 20 kgs of weight in 2 months that he spent there.

In a conversation with Lallantop, Nana shared that when the Kargil war broke out, he requested the then Defence Minister George Fernandes to let him be part of the army. However, he was told that civilians are not meant to be part of the army. Nana informed him that he has taken commando course and has won medals in National-level shooting competitions.

“I told him that I have a good aim and can shoot. He said that he didn’t know about it and was somewhat convinced. He then asked me when do I wish to go. I said today and then I left,” said the veteran actor.

Nana shared how he was travelling between different locations for over 60 days. He went to Mughalpura, Leh, Baramulla and Sopore when the war broke out. Due to the tough conditions, his weight reduced from 76 kgs to 56 kgs in a span of two months. Further, he said that he doesn’t like talking about it as much. “I don’t talk about it because I don’t feel the need to. It was a fulfilling experience for me. Itna to kar sakte hai desh ke liye (This is the least I could do for the nation),” Nana said.

He played an Army officer in his 1991 film Prahaar which was written and directed by him. It also starred Madhuri Dixit and Dimple Kapadia in pivotal roles.

Nana was last seen in Vivek Agnihotri’s The Vaccine War last year. He starred in the Marathi road-drama film Ole Aale earlier this year.

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