The year 2020 has been difficult for India. Not only did the country fight the coronavirus pandemic, but even tensions with China made headlines. Many people at the time were reminded of the 1962 war between India and China
Nearly 60 years ago, our soldiers stood strong to protect what truly belonged to the nation – Ladakh; a struggle that we continue to fight even today.
This is the story of 125 Indian soldiers who fought 3,000 Chinese in a battle that changed the course of the war. Inspired by true events, Hotstar Specials brings 1962: The War In The Hills – a story about these soldiers who, despite being outnumbered and armed with basic equipment, stopped the infiltrating army, which is one of the largest last stands in the military. became history.
While this story is inspired by similar stories from India’s past, it is a timely reminder of the immense bravery of our armed forces, but it is a timely reminder of the immense bravery of our armed forces in the present day, in which frontier tensions re have been fueled by Chinese aggression.
Known for his unique role choice, actor Abhay Deol dons a military uniform while playing the role of Major Suraj Singh, the charismatic leader of a small battalion called ‘C Company’. The series also features an ensemble cast including Akash Thosar, Sumeet Vyas, Rohan Gandotra, Annup Soni, Meiyang Chang, Mahie Gill, Rochelle Rao, Hemal Ingle and many more.
This 10-episode war drama, produced in collaboration with Arré Studio, was written by Charudutt Acharya and directed by one of Bollywood’s best filmmakers, Mahesh Manjrekar, who beautifully captured not only the war, but also the personal lives of the soldiers and what they left behind in the service of the nation.
World-renowned action choreographer Don Lee, best known for directing many spectacular franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek Beyond and others, has choreographed all of the action sequences in the series, giving each soldier a unique way of fighting. The series was shot in the high terrains of Ladakh and remote villages all over India, giving the show a real, believable look. Music is a big part of the story because it heightens various emotions in the story – those of desire, pride, and service to the nation. Hitesh Modak has composed 7 songs, sung by some of the best voices in India: Sukhwinder Singh, Vijay Prakash, Salman Ali, Shailey Bidwaikar and Shahjan Mujeeb among others. Hotstar Specials presents 1962: The War in the Hills will be released exclusively on Disney + Hotstar VIP and Disney + Hotstar Premium on February 26, 2021.
Director Mahesh Manjrekar said, “1962: The War In The Hills is the result of a lifelong dream to bring to life a long-forgotten part of history. The journey of these 125 soldiers, although inspired by true events, is a story that had to be told. And it took us years of writing to do justice to each character. This project has been monumental in every way – from shooting in real-life locations to recreating the 1962 era through setups, costumes and more. But this story is not just limited to the battlefield, it takes us further in the lives of these soldiers as they grapple with love, desire and loss. ”
Actor Abhay Deol added, “There is something to be said about stories of such historical importance. To me it feels like a personal responsibility to convey the strength of Major Suraj Singh, to show his brave looks as he leads his troop in a fight to the final stand while also engaging in life as a father and husband. It is an extraordinary story of courage that is recognizable to everyone, regardless of what community or culture they belong to. “
Actor Mahie Gill said, “Even though 1962: The War In The Hills is a story from the past, it almost seems a reflection of today’s times. The story is layered and shows many different aspects of a war – not just political and geographic, but also personal. There is just as much attention for the families of these soldiers and that makes it much more than just a war drama ”
Inspired by true events, 1962: The War In The Hills is a fictionalized version of one of the fiercest battles ever. 125 Indian soldiers of the ‘C Company’ battalion fought against 3000 Chinese to the last man and the last bullet; led by their leader Major Suraj Singh. Hailing from Rewari village, this is also a story of their personal struggles, their lives outside of their uniforms, and their times of love, heartbreak, longing, and celebration. They unite on the toughest battlefield, holding up a strategic pass that kept the infiltrating army from taking over a first-class airstrip that fought until their last breath to protect what truly belonged to the nation – Ladakh.