ARY to release Hangor — a telefilm based on a Pakistani submarine that took down Indian warships in 1971

Published 13 Dec, 2021 05:59pm

Irfan Ul Haq

The film is based on true events and will be lead by actors Zahid Ahmed and Saba Qamar.

ARY is back with another production honouring the armed forces of Pakistan and this time it's a period piece about the navy in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The telefilm is named after the actual submarine Hangor and tells the story of the war hero who commanded it.

"An iDream Entertainment production, it is being directed by Sakib Khan and produced by Abdullah Saija." Zahid Ahmed, the lead, told Images.

ARY Digital released a trailer on December 11 that transports viewers to 1971.

"The epic trailer for telefilm Hangor, a saga of unflinching bravery, was released quite fittingly on the golden anniversary of the day our brave submariners of the Pakistan Navy aboard submarine Hangor successfully sunk an Indian navy warship INS Khukri and crippled down the 2nd warship INS Kirpan during the 1971 war," ARY captioned the trailer.

"Ahmed Tasneem is the name of the commanding officer of Hangor, the submarine that took down two Indian warships. His role has been played by myself," Ahmed said..

Saba Qamar, Affan Waheed and Dur-e-Fishan will also be starring in the production.

Ahmed recently posted the "men of Hangor" on his Instagram account.

"It is a story completely based on true facts. Our submarine went into Indian waters and destroyed one warship, while damaging another. Despite their unbridled attacks, we returned to Karachi somehow and not only is the war hero still alive, the Hangor submarine is an actual submarine that is showcased in the naval museum today and this show is to celebrate the true story of our war hero," he said.

Saji Gul's writing is a work of fiction that is based on true events. One story has been picked out from the 1971 war that celebrates the victory at sea to appreciate the Naval forces and their role in safeguarding the country.

This is ARY's second recent production about the armed forces — it recently released Sinf-e-Aahan, a drama with a female-centric cast based on the struggle of women in the army.