Almost 60 years ago, our soldiers stood strong to protect what truly belonged to the nation – Ladakh; a battle we continue to fight even today. Disney Hotstar Specials brings 1962: The War In The Hills a story of 125 Indian soldiers who fought against 3,000 Chinese men in a battle that changed the course of the war. Inspired by true events. While this story is inspired from similar stories from India’s past, telling it in today’s time when border tensions have fueled again due to Chinese aggression, is a timely reminder of the immense bravery of our armed forces.
Known for his unique choice of roles, actor Abhay Deol dons a military uniform as he essays the role of Major Suraj Singh, the charismatic leader of a small battalion called ‘C Company’. The series also features an ensemble cast including Akash Thosar, Sumeet Vyas, Rohan Gandotra, Annup Soni, Meiyang Chang, Mahie Gill, Rochelle Rao, Hemal Ingle and many more.
Produced in partnership with Arré Studio, this 10-episode war-drama has been written by Charudutt Acharya and directed by Mahesh Manjrekar.
World-renowned action choreographer Don Lee, best known for directing a host of spectacular franchises such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek Beyond among others, has choreographed all action sequences in the series giving each soldier a unique way of combat.
The series has been shot in the high terrains of Ladakh and remote villages across India that gives the show a real, believable look. Music forms a big part of the narrative as it heightens several emotions in the story – that of longing, pride, and service to the nation. Hitesh Modak has composed 7 songs sung by some of the best voices in India – Sukhwinder Singh, Vijay Prakash, Salman Ali, Shailey Bidwaikar and Shahjan Mujeeb among others.
The web series will release exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Disney+ Hotstar Premium on February 26.
Director Mahesh Manjrekar said, “This project has been monumental in every sense – from shooting in real locations, to recreating the 1962 era through setups, costumes and more. But this story is not limited only to the battleground, it takes us beyond into the lives of these soldiers as they grapple with love, longing and loss.”
Actor Abhay Deol added, “To me, it feels like a personal responsibility to deliver the strength of Major Suraj Singh, to showcase his brave exterior as he leads his troop in a battle to the last stand, while also dealing with life as a father and husband”.
Actor Mahie Gill said, “Even though 1962: The War In The Hills is a story of the past, it almost seems like a reflection of today’s time”.