Raja Krishna Menon of Airlift fame announced his upcoming directorial Pippa based on the life and times of Brigadier Balaram Singh Mehta. It's about the war hero who fought against Pakistan in the 1971 war. Raj roped in Ishaan Khatter to play the leading role and now the makers have announced the rest of the cast. The war drama will have Mrunal Thakur (of Super 30 fame) and Priyanshu Painyuli (best known for Extraction and Mirzapur Season 2) in the roles of Khatter's reel siblings and Soni Razdan as their mother. Pippa is set to have Ishaan in the role of Brigadier Mehta, a veteran of the 45th Cavalry Tank Squadron who fought on the eastern front during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.
Ishaan announced on his Instagram page with a caption stating, "We're coming with all guns blazing. Welcome to the #Pippa troop, fam ;) @mrunalofficial2016 & @priyanshupainyuli @rajamenon #RonnieScrewvala #SiddharthRoyKapur @rsvpmovies @roykapurfilms."
Check out the announcement below:
With one of the biggest war films, Uri: The Surgical Strike, to his credit, Producer Ronnie Screwvala says, “Pippa is a story that chronicles an Indian victory in 1971 through the eyes of the Mehta family and signing on fine actors to essay the members of this brave family was our foremost priority. I'm glad we have talented actors like Mrunal and Priyanshu on board, who along with Ishaan will spearhead this story of triumph that needs to be told.”
Siddharth Roy Kapur says, “We were looking for great actors who would complement each other to create a believable family unit, and with Mrunal, Priyanshu and Ms. Razdan on board to join Ishaan, I am happy that we have more than achieved what we set out to do with the casting.”
Director Raja Krishna Menon says, “With Mrunal and Priyanshu joining Ishaan, we have three of the most exciting young actors coming together. Personally, I'm very excited to work with such extraordinary young talent and look forward to the energy they bring to Pippa.”
Pippa, produced by RSVP and Roy Kapur Films, will hit theatres late next year.
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