This Christmas weekend, Kabir Khan’s much awaited film ’83 will finally be released in theatres. And the filmmaker will move on to his next movie as soon as this Ranveer Singh-starrer sports drama on India’s maiden Cricket World Cup victory in 1983 is out. Kabir Khan is set to direct a large-scale web series based on the 1999 Kandahar kidnapping by a Pakistani terrorist organisation, according to a portal. The show’s working title is IC 814, and it will release on Netflix later this year.
“The Kandahar hijacking crisis brought India on its knees. It’s a blot on Indian history that exposed the country’s vulnerable underbelly and questioned the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government that failed to handle the crisis. Kabir Khan’s show is based on the IC-814 flight pilot Captain Devi Sharan’s book, Flight Into Fear: The Captain’s Story, and chronicles the detailed account of this hostage crisis that kept India awake for seven fateful nights. How the terrorists breached the security checks, hijacked the plane, and forced the Indian government to fulfill their demands, what negotiations happened with hijackers and how the Crisis management group in Delhi comprising top names goofed up a rescue operation— this Netflix series explores everything related to the hijacking of the Indian Airlines Flight IC-814 that forced India to release three Islamist terrorists to secure its 176 passengers and crew of the flight,” a source close to the development told PeepingMoon.
The series, which is envisioned as a massively-mounted thriller, will begin production in mid-2022. It will be co-directed by Kabir Khan and Hindi Medium director Saket Chaudhary, who has been involved with the project since its beginning. Famed for Jamtara: Sabka Number Aayega, the show is written by Trishant Srivastava, and it is produced by Sanjay Routray under his Matchbox Pictures label. According to reports, Kabir, Saket, and Trishant conducted significant research for this project, which will begin pre-production in January 2022.
On December 24, 1999, Indian Airlines Flight 814 was hijacked while on the way from Kathmandu, Nepal to Delhi. Shortly after entering Indian airspace, the airbus was hijacked by five masked gunmen. Terrorists forced the plane to land in many cities, including Amritsar, Lahore, and Dubai, before finally landing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which was then dominated by the Taliban’s extremist authority. In Dubai, the hijackers freed 27 of the 176 passengers, but fatally stabbed one and injured several others. The crisis lasted seven days and ended on December 31 when India agreed to release three feared gangsters, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, and Masood Azhar, who later planned and executed terrorist acts such as Daniel Pearl’s kidnapping and murder in 2002 and the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.