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Varun Dhawan reunites with Badlapur director Sriram Raghavan to portray war hero Second Lt. Arun Khetarpal

Producer Dinesh Vijan, director Sriram Raghavan and actor Varun Dhawan reunite after their 2015 action thriller Badlapur to pay tribute to Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal.

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Varun Dhawan, over the years, has shown a varied range of performances on the big screen. From drama to comedy, big-scale productions to small-town stories, he has done it all. Now, he is gearing up for the real-life role of late Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal in his next film which will be helmed by Sriram Raghavan and produced by Dinesh Vijan.

Producer Dinesh Vijan, director Sriram Raghavan and actor Varun Dhawan reunite after their 2015 action thriller Badlapur to pay tribute to Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal. On Monday, it’s Arun Khetarpal birth anniversary and therefore the team decided to reveal the news.

On Monday, film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh took to his official Twitter handle to share the news. He also posted two pictures, one of Arun Khetarpal and the other showing Varun Dhawan along with the team.

Alongside the pictures, Taran Adarsh wrote, “IT’S OFFICIAL… Varun Dhawan, director Sriram Raghavan and producer Dinesh Vijan reunite after #Badlapur… Varun to portray war hero, second lieutenant #ArunKhetarpal, posthumous recipient of #ParamVirChakra… The biopic is not titled yet (sic).”

The twenty-one-year-old Arun Khetarpal showed extreme bravery in the face of fierce and unrelenting attacks by the Pakistani military during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. Khetarpal was honoured with India’s most-prestigious and highest-standard military medal for courage and gallantry – the Param Vir Chakra, posthumously.

Meanwhile, actor Varun Dhawan also took to his official Twitter handle to wish the lieutenant on his birthday. Through the post, Varun announced the news of his forthcoming film.

The note reads, “Happy Birthday 2/lt #ARUNKHETARPAL. It’s always been my dream to play a soldier of INDIA. This is my most important film! Can’t wait to be directed by the mad genius Sriram Raghavan one more time, to bring to big screen the life of 2/lt #ARUNKHETARPAL. Can’t wait to begin working with Dinoo Vijan my producer, who always has a vision but this time with emotion. Hope to make you proud #MukeshKhetarpal and #Poonahorse. JAI HIND.

Alongside the note, he wrote, “Thank you to all my fans, my teachers and to all the brave hearts at the border (sic).”