The ghastly terror attacks on Mumbai that happened on November 26, 2008, shook the collective conscience of India. The attacks lead to the death of 166 people, including 26 foreign nationals; some of the armed forces and police officials were martyred in the process. Paying ode to one of the martyrs, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the upcoming biographical film Major dropped its trailer on May 9. The film backed by Indian actor Mahesh Babu’s GMB Entertainment stars actor Adivi Sesh as Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan in the film.
Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, the Indian Army officer, was part of the National Security Guards group that was deployed in Taj Hotel, Mumbai to fend off the terrorists holed there. He was martyred after he rescued hostages in the hotel and was later graced with Ashoka Chakra, India’s highest gallantry award.
Major’s trailer begins with Major Sandeep being admonished by his senior for crossing the border and entering Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK). From the scenic beauty of Kashmir’s snow-clad valleys of the border region, the scene shifts to Major’s childhood and growing up years and his journey to becoming a soldier.
The trailer oscillates between Major’s personal and professional life as his father (Prakash Raj) recounts what a person Major Sandeep was in his speech. Audience witnesses Adivi bringing to life the heroics of the martyr and commemorating his milestones.
Sricharan Pakala’s background score and cinematographer Vamsi Patchipulusu’s visuals exalt the beauty of the goosebump-inducing trailer.
The film features seasoned actors like Revathi as Major’s mother, Prakash Raj as his father, Saiee Manjrekar as his wife. The cast also includes actors Murali Sharma and Shobhita Dhulpalia.
The trailer of the multilingual film was launched at a grand event in Hyderabad on May 9, Monday where actors Prithviraj Sukumaran and Salman Khan along with producer Mahesh Babu were in attendance.
Sashi Kiran Tikka directorial will get a theatrical release; the makers have announced the film will premiere on June 3 this year. It will release in three languages—Hindi, Malayalam and Telugu.
Speaking in an interview, Adivi said, “The 26/11 attacks may have claimed him, but his life has taught me more. I hope that shines through in our film.”
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