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Akshay Kumar will play Jaswant Singh Gill, the man who saved 65 coal miners. Everything you need to know about the real hero -Newzflash

Bollywood over the years has considered Akshay Kumar to always lift them up and save the industry during low phases. And it looks like the story will continue on screen as well. After playing a man who brings Indians home from a war-torn country in Airlift, the actor will now play Sardar Jaswant Singh Gill, who rescued miners in an operation in 1989.

Backed by Pooja Entertainment, the film will tell the heroic real-life story of Jaswant Singh Gill, a mining engineer who rescued 65 miners under dire circumstances. It was known as India’s first coal mining rescue. To commemorate the day, November 16 was marked as ‘Rescue Day’

Akshay Kumar expressed his excitement to play the real hero. Responding to Union Coal and Mines Minister Jaswant Singh Gill, Khiladi Kumar wrote, “Grateful to you @JoshiPralhad ji, for remembering India’s first coal rescue mission – this day 33 years ago. मे सुभ है की में #sardarjaswantsinghgill जी क की अपनी फिल में निभ ह हुू. It is a story like no other!”

Producer Vashu Bhagnani called it an honor and a privilege to showcase this story through his film. “In memory of late #SardarJaswantSinghGill on this day who saved the lives of miners stuck in Raniganj coal mines under very difficult circumstances. Truly an honor and a privilege to showcase his heroic act in our next film,” tweeted he.

The film reunites Akshay with Rustom director Tinu Suresh Desai. The edge-of-the-seat drama is slated for release in 2023.

As readers would recall, the first look of Akshay Kumar was released in July this year while the team was shooting in London. It showed Akshay flaunting a thick beard and a turban to complete his sardar look.

Who was Jaswant Singh Gill?

Born on 22 November 1939 in Sathiala in Amritsar, Jaswant Singh Gill had studied at Khalsa School and graduated from Khalsa College in 1959. The Amritsar-based engineer played a significant role in rescuing miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in Raniganj, West Bengal. On the fateful day of November 16, 1989, miners broke coal walls by setting off blasts in the Mahabir mine of Eastern Coalfield Limited. When an adjacent underground water table cracked, water gushed in and began drowning them. Out of 220 miners, six miners died on the spot. Gill then jumped in and helped save the remaining 65, in a dangerous six-hour ordeal.

Jaswant Singh Gill died on 26 November 2019 leaving behind his wife and four children. He was awarded the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak by the then President Ramaswamy Venkataraman. A chock in Majitha Road, Amritsar was also named after him.

Last year there were murmurs of a film being made about his heroic deed. Along with Akshay, actor Ajay Devgn and Vicky Kaushal’s names also surfaced to play the lead in the biopic. According to a report in The Tribune, his son Dr. Sarvpreet Singh Gill said that his father had entered into an agreement with the makers and had given all rights to director Dharmendra Suresh Desai, who had visited the family recently. He also told how the team had planned to shoot a portion in Amritsar and Khalsa College as well. It is unknown why the said deal fell flat and how Pooja Entertainment came into the picture.

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