ZEE5 Global has roped in actor Akshaye Khanna to play the lead in its latest original film State of Siege: Temple Attack. Khanna will play a special task force officer in the film.
“To be able to wear ‘the uniform’ WITHOUT taking the oath of the ultimate sacrifice. This is a privilege that only an actor is afforded. My only focus during the making has been not to disrespect that privilege,” said Khanna about his role.
State of Siege: Temple Attack is based on the terrorist attack at Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on September 24, 2002. Over 30 people lost their lives and over 80 were injured as a result of the attack. The National Security Guard (NSG) arrived at the destination, took charge of the situation, successfully killed the terrorists, and ended the siege.
The film follows the success of ZEE5 Global’s State of Siege: 26/11. Contiloe Pictures will return to produce the new film which will be directed by Ken Ghosh. Lt. Col (retd.) Sundeep Sen who was a consultant on the State of Siege: 26/11 and the second in Command at the NSG during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks will provide his expertise for the film as well.
"Very rarely have we highlighted the role of the Indian commandos in neutralising attacks by our enemies. The State of Siege series was designed to give their perspective and contribution. The success of State of Siege: 26/11 encouraged us to tell these stories further and the obvious extension for us was to chronicle the events of the temple attack that shook the nation”, said Abhimanyu Singh, CEO, Contiloe Pictures.
State of Siege: Temple Attack is slated to premiere on ZEE5 in 2021.