We had seen biopic movies in the year 2018 and chances are that 2019 might as well bring to light some unheard stories of Punjab's bravehearts.
One such Punjabi biopic movie is being made on the life of Nirmal Jit Singh Shekon, IAF’s Only Param Vir Chakra awardee.
Not many people know the riveting story of this feisty fighter who went on to become Indian Air Force’s greatest war hero. Born on July 17, 1943, Nirmaljit was the son of flight lieutenant Tarlochan Singh Sekhon (IAF). Originally from Isewal Dakha, Ludhiana district of Punjab, Nirmaljit was deeply inspired by his father and had already decided that he would join the Indian Air Force (IAF) when he was still a child. After completing his schooling, he fulfilled his dream by joining IAF. On June 4, 1967, he was formally commissioned into the force as a Pilot Officer.
In the year 1971, Sekhon was posted at the forward base in Kashmir, with the squadron named Flying bullets. In December Pakistan attacked at 14 airfields all across North India to preempt the Indian Air Force. Sekhon's plane was an obsolete Gnat. On 14 December 1971, Sekhon's airfield was attacked and the only available pilot at that time at Srinagar base was Nirmal Jit Singh. Flying from Srinagar on Dec 14th, Sekhon single-handedly took on all six PAF Sabres.
Sekhon, after being hit, was advised to return to the base. He is said to have flown in straight, wings level for some time, then going inverted, plummeting down, probably due failure of control system. He attempted a last-minute ejection, which did not prove successful, as his canopy was seen to fly off. The wreckage of the Gnat was found in a gorge, near the road coming from Srinagar town to the base, a few miles from the base. Despite many search efforts by Army and Air Force, his remains were never found due to the mountainous terrain of where his fighter went down, much to the disappointment of his wife and family.
He was only 26 when he died.
For his selflessness, dogged determination and raw courage in the face of the enemy, Nirmal Jit Singh Shekon was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra (collected with immense pride and grief by his young wife and father, himself a serving Warrant Office in the IAF). He was the first and only air warrior to be awarded India’s highest wartime gallantry award.
In a recent update by a leading daily, it was mentioned that this war hero's life might soon be cinematized into a biopic. It is assumed that Whitehill Productions are making this biopic movie and the report also said that the news is confirmed. The production house has already acquired the rights of this film and the screenplay is also ready. The team is just in search of the right actor to portray the role.