Actors Mrunal Thakur, Soni Razdan, and Priyanshu Painyuli have joined the Ishaan Khatter led war drama ‘Pippa’. The film is based on the book ‘The Burning Chaffees’ by war veteran Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta. It will be directed by Raja Menon and will be released in theatres next year.
Ishaan plays Brigadier Mehta, a veteran of the 45th Cavalry Tank Squadron who battled on the eastern front during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war (Read more about it here). Mrunal and Priyanshu will undertake the roles of Ishaan’s siblings and Soni will be their mother in the film.
Sharing the news on social media, Mrunal tweeted, “2020 just got so much better Happy woman raising one hand This squad is all set to roar, excited to be a part of such a wonderful team! #Pippa.”
2020 just got so much better 🙋🏻♀️
This squad is all set to roar, excited to be a part of such a wonderful team! #Pippa@RajaMenon #IshaanKhatter @priyanshu29 @RonnieScrewvala #SiddharthRoyKapur @RSVPMovies @roykapurfilms pic.twitter.com/GxpFxdIEQO
— Mrunal Thakur (@mrunal0801) October 29, 2020
Priyanshu also wrote, “This squad is all set to roar, excited to be a part of such a wonderful team! #Pippa.”
This squad is all set to roar, excited to be a part of such a wonderful team! #Pippa@RajaMenon #IshaanKhatter @mrunal0801 @RonnieScrewvala #SiddharthRoyKapur @RSVPMovies @roykapurfilms pic.twitter.com/GwNbBvCFze
— Priyanshu Painyuli (@priyanshu29) October 29, 2020
Director Raja said in a statement, “With Mrunal and Priyanshu joining Ishaan, we have three of the most exciting young actors coming together. Personally, I’m very excited to work with such extraordinary young talent and look forward to the energy they bring to Pippa.”
The film will be produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Siddharth Roy Kapur’s Roy Kapur Films. Raja has previously directed Akshay Kumar-starrer Airlift. Mrunal was seen in Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 and Priyanshu featured in Randeep Hooda–Chris Hemsworth’s Extraction.
Siddharth also said, “We were looking for great actors who would complement each other to create a believable family unit, and with Mrunal, Priyanshu and Ms. Razdan on board to join Ishaan, I am happy that we have more than achieved what we set out to do with the casting.”
Ronnie added, “Pippa is a story that chronicles an Indian victory in 1971 through the eyes of the Mehta family, and signing on fine actors to essay the members of this brave family was our foremost priority. I’m glad we have talented actors like Mrunal and Priyanshu on board, who along with Ishaan will spearhead this story of triumph that needs to be told.”