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Gurmeet Choudhary pledges support to Armed Forces, urges people to remember soldiers on Armed Forces Flag Day

“Being an Army officer’s son, I have closely witnessed the challenges faced by the families of Army men”, says the actor

By Manishaa R

After Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Varun Dhawan, it is actor Gurmeet Choudhary, who has come out and pledged his support towards the Armed Forces Flag Day fund by urging people to contribute to the families of martyrs who laid down their lives for the country and those who were disabled, while performing on the line of duty. The Armed Forces Flag Day is being celebrated today on the 7th of December.

Gurmeet who was seen sporting an Armed Forces Flag badge, also appealed to the people to endorse their support or the Armed Forces by wearing the badge. Talking about his support for the Army cause, the actor revealed that he had an emotional family connect with the Army, “I was born in an army hospital when my father was out serving the country as an Army officer.  I have a deep regard for the Armed Forces and their invaluable contribution for our country. We all owe our freedom to them,” he said.

Incidentally, Gurmeet will be seen next playing the role of a military officer in celebrated filmmaker JP Dutta’s next film, Paltan, which he describes as a “dream come true”. “It was my ambition to play an army officer one as I had closely witnessed the trials and tribulations of my father. I had made up my mind that if I ever got an opportunity to play an army officer in my career, it had to be in a JP Dutta film. No other maker can justify the army personnel better than him. His Border was one of the finest films on the Indian Army,” the actor revealed.

“I was born in an army hospital when my father was out serving the country as an Army officer”

Gurmeet, who first shot to fame with the role of Lord Ram in Ramayan on television and later got his big Bollywood break in Vikram Bhatt’s 2015 film, Khamoshiyan, shocked everyone with his bold scenes in the erotic thriller, Wajah Tum Ho, “Wajah Tum Ho was a film in a different genre. It was a no-holds-barred role and was defined that way in keeping with the story-line. I am now looking at exploring some very meaningful roles on screen,” the actor said adding that that his role in Paltan would put him in an altogether different league.

“I had made up my mind that if I ever got an opportunity to play an army officer in my career, it had to be in a JP Dutta film”

Paltan, which is a war drama revolving around the Indo-China war of 1962, has an ensemble cast and has been extensively shot in Ladakh and other locations. Earlier while revealing the first look of the film, JP Dutt had said, “It’s time to tell a new story, to tell another part of history of our country and salute more real life heroes. I present Paltan. A film and a subject very close to my heart.”