Film featuring air operations of freedom fighters on cards

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:29, Jan 18,2018

 
 

An upcoming liberation war-based film depicting the tales of bravery of the freedom fighters who served in Kilo Flight, the liberation war time combat aviation unit formed by Bengali pilots and technicians who had defected from the Pakistan Air Force, was announced by information minister Hasanul Haque Inu on Wednesday.
The upcoming film titled ‘Do or Die’ will be the first liberation war-based film of the country to depict the air operations against Pakistani targets in 1971 by freedom fighters.
Kilo Flight consisted of one DHC-3 Otter plane and one Alouette III helicopter, both carrying rocket pods and machine guns for launching hit-and-run attacks, and one DC-3 Dakota for logistical missions. The unit was formed under the command of group captain A K Khandker in September 1971. The aircrafts were supplied by Indian authorities and the formation was led by flight lieutenant Sultan Mahmud under the operational control of IAF base Jorhat.
The plot of the film will revolve around the brave and adventurous stories of Independence Day Award winner group captain Shamsul Alam (Bir Uttam), who was a flight lieutenant and one of the three commanders of DHC-3 Otter plane. The film will be directed by Dipankar Dipon.
Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu unveiled the film’s concept poster and announced the name of the film at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro.
Filmmaker Dipankar Dipon and three members of the historic Kilo Flight including group captain Shamsul Alam (Bir Uttam), captain Shahabuddin Ahmed (Bir Uttam) and captain Akram Ahmed (Bir Uttam) were also present at the event.
Dipankar Dipon gave a presentation on ‘Do or Die’ at the programme. ‘The objective of making the film is to let people know about the bravery of the freedom fighters of Kilo Flight,’ said Dipon.
Kilo Flight was the first to launch airstrikes against Pakistani targets during the liberation war. On December 4, 1971 the unit attacked oil depots in Narayanganj and Chittagong. The unit flew 90 sorties and 40 combat missions between December 4 and December 16, 1971. After the war it formed the core of the Bangladesh Air Force.
‘We are currently developing the screenplay of the film. Afterwards we will begin the selection of the cast members,’ said Dipon.
‘I am looking forward to commence shooting of the film in November this year and hope to release it in 2019,’ Dipon added.

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