Exclusive: Neeraj Pandey to direct a web-series based on 2001 Indian Parliament Attack


Filmmaker Neeraj Pandey is venturing into the web bandwagon before he kicks off his Chanakya project with Ajay Devgn later this year. Peepingmoon.com has exclusively learned that the "Special 26" director will be helming an espionage thriller web-series for Hotstar Specials. 

A source close to the development said, "Like Neeraj Pandey's previous feature films, his first digital outing will also be based on a realistic subject dealing with a gripping issue. The show will be about the dreaded terrorist Masood Azhar and revolve around the 2001 Indian Parliament Attack by his Pakistan-based terrorist organization, Jaish-E-Mohammed. The deadly terrorist attack in the capital city happened on 13th December 2001 and led to the deaths of 5 terrorists, 6 Delhi Police personnel, 2 Parliament Security Service personnel and a gardener -in total 14- and brought India-Pakistan to the brink of a full-scale war, resulting in the 2001-2002 India-Pak standoff." 

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The yet-untitled series apparently has a massively mounted narrative and will dig deep into the behind-the-scenes of the 2001 Parliament Attack. It will be filmed on a huge scale with the first schedule starting on May 25 in Mumbai's Film City for five days, followed by the international schedules in countries like Turkey, Istanbul, and Dubai. 

Talking about the cast, Neeraj has roped in formidable actors like Paresh Rawal, Jimmy Sheirgill and Meher Vij in the leads. Iranian actor Sajjad Delafrooz who played the main villain in Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif's Tiger Zinda Hai has also been signed on to play a pivotal role. Neeraj's business partner Shital Bhatia will be producing the show. 

Masood Azhar has been responsible for carrying out a string of deadliest terrorist attacks in India, including the 2001 Parliament Attack, 2008 Mumbai Attack, 2016 Pathankot air Base attack, and the recent Pulwama attack. He was arrested in 1994 while traveling to Srinagar but was released by India during the Kandahar hostage crisis five years later. Azhar was designated a 'Global Terrorist' by the United Nations Security Council on 1st of May this year.

(Source: Peeping Moon)