Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Entertainment is set to produce a film, entitled Runway, based on a true story that took place during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
The incident, often referred to as India’s Pearl Harbour, involved the destruction of an airstrip in the city of Bhuj, along with several Indian Air Force airstrips, by Pakistani bombers in December 1971.
Indian authorities only had 72 hours to repair the airstrips in order for fighter planes to take off and land. A group of around 300 local villagers, mostly women, stepped in to help the air force rebuild the airstrips, using local waste as construction material and cow dung as camouflage.
Abundantia is currently developing the script and has started casting for a 2019 release. Founded in 2013 by Malhotra, the company has previously produced story-driven box office hits such as Airlift and Toilet Ek Prem Katha, both starring Akshay Kumar, a Hindi remake ofJon Favreau’s Chef, directed by Raja Menon and starring Saif Ali Khan, and original series Breathe for Amazon Prime Video.
The company’s 2019 production slate also includes a biopic of Badminton player Pullela Gopichand, a Hindi-language remake of Malayalam hit, Angamaly Diaries, as well as new projects from filmmakers such as Bharatbala, Nishikant Kamat and Aarif Sheikh.
Malhotra was previously COO of India’s Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.