Perhaps not a forgotten story but definitly one that needs a louder retelling. The story of a Pakistan Navy submarine 'Hangor' is the stuff of a Hollywood blockbuster. It's got action, drama, emotions and dashing men in uniform saving the day - if the trailer is anything to go by. Also, given the Pakistani audience's predilection for stories of valour of our military, it is bound to get many of us excited.
The trailer gives us a hint into the chronology of the telefilm - a young man fascinated by the events surrounding the Hangor in 1971 goes on a mission to discover what really happened. The trailer then cuts to snippets of the events as they went down in the winter of 1971.
The cast comprises of Zahid Ahmed, Saba Qamar, Affan Waheed, Durefishan Salim, Shahzad Sheikh and veteran actor Javed Shaikh. It is writen by Saji Gul and directed by Saqib Khan.
What We Love About The Trailer
There seems to be an actual balance between civil and military representations. The families of the soldiers are shown to be almost equal stakeholders in the war. Extra points for highlighting the role of the media in a war (very subtlely done). Personally, I love the majestic shots of ships at (and under) the sea. The actors are doing a sharp job of channeling that 'fauji' aesthetic in terms of looks and persona.
What Is The Story Behind Hangor
PNS Hangor was a Daphné-class diesel-electric submarine that served in the Pakistan Navy from 1969 until 2006. Hangor, under the command of Commander Ahmed Tasnim, sank the Indian Navy's INS Khukri, an anti-submarine frigate, with one homing torpedo on 9 December 1971 during the western front of the third war with India in 1971.This was the only recorded submarine kill after World War II. The strategic impact was even more significant as the Indian Navy called off "Operation Triumph", the third missile attack, which was to be launched on 10 December.
When and Where Can We Watch It
So far we only know that the telefilm will be broadcast on ARY Digital. A release date has not been shared. Although, we are waiting rather excitedly for this story of devotion and valour. Of course, the handsome men in uniform are a welcome treat.