Kargil, Jun 23: Shooting of '' Kurukshetra'', a Malayalam film based on facts about the 1999- Kargil conflict by a retired Army officer, began here.
Major (Retd) Ravi, director of the film told the sources that he wanted to shoot the entire film at actual locations, where the intruders and Indian soldiers had clashed.
This is for the first time that any film, particularly, in Malayalam, was being shot in Kargil, which hit the headlines around the globe in 1999, when Pakistan intruders occupied all heights and it took about three months to push them back.
Major Ravi, who also served in Kargil before his retirement, said he wanted to show the people under what conditions soldiers are guarding our borders.
Earlier a film by director J P Dutta was shot in Leh and Himachal Pradesh besides other parts of the country.
''I wanted to shoot the entire film on the real location, including Drass, Tiger hills, Tololing and other places to show the world what happened during the Kargil conflict and under what conditions our soldiers give their today for our tomorrow.'' he said.
On the first day of the shooting, thousands of people gathered there to cheer the film unit.
Major Ravi said Mohan Lal, Malyalam super star will play the lead role of Major Mah Devan, a soldiers who brilliantly led from the front his forces against the Pakistan intruders.
He has introduced new face Miss Anjana opposite Mohan Lal in the film.
Major Ravi has so far directed two more films--Kertichakra and Mission 90 and this is his third low budget film.