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Ishaan Khatter's 'Pippa' goes on floors

Actor Ishaan Khatter's upcoming war drama Pippa on Wednesday kicked off its first schedule in Amritsar.

Ishaan Khatters Pippa goes on floors
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Actor Ishaan Khatter's upcoming war drama Pippa on Wednesday kicked off its first schedule in Amritsar.

Backed by RSVP and Roy Kapur Films, Pippa is helmed by Airlift director Raja Krishna Menon and also features actors Mrunal Thakur, Priyanshu Painyuli and Soni Razdan.

Pippa is billed as a heroic tank battle film that underscores the bravery of Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta, a veteran of the 45th Cavalry tank squadron, who, along with his siblings, fought on the eastern front during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

Khatter stars in the film as Brigadier Mehta, who was invited by the production houses to provide the inaugural slate clap as filming commenced.

Producer Ronnie Screwvala (RSVP) said he was thrilled that Pippa began in the presence of Brigadier Mehta.

Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur of Roy Kapur Films said the film will be mounted on a "sweeping canvas" to chronicle the story of a family's bravery."From the time I first heard this amazing story of the bravery and resilience of a family on the frontlines of a just war, I knew it had to be told. I am thrilled that with RSVP we have been able to give this story the sweeping canvas it deserves, and that we have an accomplished director like Raja and an amazing cast and crew, to bring this vision to life.

The film is based on Brigadier Mehta's book "The Burning Chaffees".

The movie's title is taken from the Russian amphibious war tank called the PT-76, popularly known as Pippa. Menon said he is excited to begin shooting for the film.

The film's music has been scored by AR Rahman.

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