Unsurprisingly, the upcoming film is expected to take an anti-Pakistan angle, as it's set during the tenure of the former Indian Prime Minister. It aims to capture the patriotism of those involved in "India’s first and deadliest airstrike."
Fresh from the success of OMG 2 and on the verge of releasing Mission Raniganj: The Great Bharat Rescue, Akshay Kumar, known for his involvement in politically charged projects, announced "Sky Force" on his Instagram. The announcement video featured a snippet of the former Prime Minister's speech, emphasizing India's resilience. The trailer promises to reveal the "untold true story" of the airstrike, with the film hitting theaters on October 2, 2024.
Co-directed by Sandeep Kelwani and Abhishek Kapur, "Sky Force" is produced by Dinesh Vijan and Jyoti Deshpande under the creative guidance of Amar Kaushik. While fans eagerly await its release, one can only hope for a balanced portrayal of events in this film.
In the past, the actor faced criticism for his portrayal of Pakistan in his films. At the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia, a Pakistani fan, who had previously appreciated Akshay's films addressing social issues, expressed disappointment with how Pakistan was depicted in his 2021 film "Bell Bottom." In response, the Khiladi actor advised the fan to remember that it's just a movie and encouraged people to avoid overanalyzing and taking such matters too seriously.
During a panel discussion, a Pakistani audience member stood up to address questions about Kumar's films. He introduced himself as being from Pakistan, India's neighboring country, and shared his concerns. "You've done fantastic movies like 'Pad Man' and 'Toilet.' But there's also an issue between India and Pakistan. Your recent movie 'Bell Bottom' portrayed certain aspects negatively," he remarked.
Akshay swiftly defended the film, saying, "Sir, it's just a movie. Don't take it too seriously. It's just a movie. There are many things like that. It's just a movie, sir."
Directed by Ranjit Tiwari, "Bell Bottom," set in the 1980s, features Akshay in the role of an Indian secret agent tasked with rescuing passengers from airplane hijackings. The film drew inspiration from real-life hijackings of Indian Airlines flights by Khalistani terrorists during the same era depicted in the movie. While "Bell Bottom" received positive reviews in India, it faced criticism internationally and was even banned in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. The film also starred Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta, and Huma Qureshi in lead roles.