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Roy Jr debuts on Sahara with 'Mission Fateh'

MUMBAI: While Mission Fateh, Sahara's mega serial is finally being launched on 28 March; Sushanto Roy, son of managing worker Subroto Roy, will make a cameo as Kargil martyr Lieutenant Vijayant Thapar in the series.

Roy will make his acting debut in the sixth episode of this one hour-long series based on the true-life stories of Indian war heroes including that of the recent Kargil war, to be aired on Sahara TV every Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Touted as the most expensive project on the channel, the series has been extensively shot in areas of Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Nagaland including locations like, Rohtangpass, Koksar Valley, Lahoul & Speeti Valley.

Speaking about Sushanto Roy's debut, a spokesperson said: "Prior to scripting the series, we got all the information about the war, the war heroes including their personal lives. All the chosen actors had some semblance with the original war-heroes depicted. When Lt. Vijayant Thapar's pictures arrived, we were surprised to see an uncanny resemblance with Sushanto Roy. After lot of persuasion, he finally relented and agreed to do the role."

The series, besides projecting the actual missions undertaken by brave officers of the Indian Army during wars and counter-insurgency operations from 1948 onwards, also tried to capture the lives of army officers and jawans. Custom-made equipment's, weapons and snowgears for soldiers - duly approved by Indian Army Liasion Cell and other authorities pertaining to various regiments have been used, say sources.

Produced by Sahara India Media Communication Ltd. (SIMCL) with Clapstem Production as the assigned producer, Mission Fateh was conceived and directed by Girish Malik. While Brigadier (Retd.) M M Bhanot has doubled up as script writer and creative advisor ot the project.

The ambitious project had been in making for some time now. It took minimum of 30 days to shoot an episode owing to the harsh climatic conditions and the challenging scenes involving more than 60 actors. Besides roping in Big B Amitabh Bachchan to promote the show, the series has signed national school of Drama graduates besides well-known telly actors like Govind Namdeo, Kapil Sohni, Jyoti Mukerji, Manmeet Singh. While singers like Roop Kumar Rathod, Shaan, Sadhna Sargam and Md. Salamat have lent their voices to Mission Fateh.

The first episode of the mega-serial Mission Fateh to be telecast on 28 March 2003 will show the story of Kargil hero Captain Vikram Batra followed by Captain Amol Kalia. and Kashmir counter-insurgency operation's 2nd Lieutenant Puneet Nath Dutt.

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