Akshaye Khanna to make digital debut with ZEE5 film
Akshaye Khanna is all set to step into the digital forum with ZEE5's upcoming release, State of Siege: Temple Attack. Makers have also released his first look. The film will be based on a real-life incident from 2002 when the Akshardham temple in Gujarat was under a terrorist attack, and National Security Guard personnel were deployed to take control of the situation. Here's more.
The upcoming movie will take forward the ZEE5 State of Siege franchise, which had given us State of Siege: 26/11 in 2020. According to the ZEE5 social media handle, Khanna will essay the role of Major Hanut Singh, an NSG soldier. Directed by Ken Ghosh, State of Siege: Temple Attack has been produced by Contiloe Pictures, owned by Abhimanyu Singh.
Major Hanut Singh has the target locked in sight 🆘— ZEE5Premium (@ZEE5Premium) April 8, 2021
Akshaye Khanna will carry forward the Stage of Siege franchise in this action-packed sequel.
State of Siege: Temple Attack coming soon, only on ZEE5! #SahasKiVijay pic.twitter.com/7ZnxTmQGKg
In a press release, the Taal actor said he felt privileged to have been able to don a soldier's uniform. He said, "To be able to wear "the uniform" WITHOUT taking the oath of the ultimate sacrifice is a privilege that only an actor is afforded (sic)." "My only focus during the making has been not to disrespect that privilege," he noted.
As mentioned earlier, the plot will focus on a terrorist attack that happened at the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Reportedly, more than 30 people had lost their lives with over 80 getting injured. Consequently, NSG came in and brought the situation under control by neutralizing the terrorists and ending the siege. Khanna is going to lead the mission in the film.
Makers felt encouraged to tell similar stories after receiving positive feedback on their earlier installment on the 26/11 attacks, said producer Singh. "Very rarely have we highlighted the role of the Indian commandos in neutralizing attacks by our enemies (sic)," he said. Speaking of the casting choice, Singh noted how Khanna's "demeanor and craft" made him the "perfect fit" for leading their next tale.