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TOP 5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT 'AIYAARY'

1. Heart of 'Aiyaary'

“Aiyaary is a spy thriller at the heart of it,” Sidharth Malhotra summarizes the film’s concept.

More than being just a thriller, it seems as though the movie depicts the themes of patriotism, loyalty, and morality. In particular, it shows a mentor and his protégé: two Indian Army officers with a patriotic heart who suddenly have a fallout.

The mentor, Colonel Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) has intelligence par excellence and has complete faith in the system of the country. Protégé Major Jai Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) thinks otherwise because of what he has witnessed in his recent stint in surveillance. Jai Bakshi turns rogue and Abhay has 36 hours to find Jai, as Jai withholds a secret that can bring down the Government.

Whilst the story seems very intriguing, one wonders what ‘Aiyaary’ really means and how it is relevant to the film.

Talking to the media, Neeraj Pandey explains: “The title of the film explains the term as a person who is a chameleon in character and works towards mastering in all given situation. It means master of Behrupiya.”

2. The Initial Title of 'Baby'!?

Did you know that Pandey had initially decided upon the title 'Aiyaary' not for the upcoming film, but for his hit film 'Baby' starring Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, and Taapsee Pannu? The 2015 film which was an espionage thriller was initially titled 'Aiyaary' but later changed to 'Baby', which refers to a covert operation in the film.

3. Shot in Real Locations

A self-confessed fan of the thriller genre, Malhotra is thrilled to don the uniform for the first time and reveals that this is “one of the most real films” he has worked on, so far. “There are no sets as we shot in real locations. This is probably the closest depiction of real-life spies who are invisible to common man. They’ve been taught to merge in the crowd, not get noticed and get relevant information. You won’t see us in glamorous roles or with James Bond-like characters,” he says while explaining the film’s title, which means ‘the ultimate trickery’.

4. Real Reason Behind the Postponement 

The movie refers to a real-life scam surrounding the army and the government that looks to have bothered the officials. If you have seen the trailer, you know that Aiyaary deals with the corruption in certain sections of the army. The movie, it seems, takes inspiration for one of its subplots from the real-life land scam of the Adarsh Housing Society, that's located in Colaba, Mumbai.

In the movie, there are scenes where Sidharth Malhotra and Pooja Chopra's characters are heard referring to a plot in 'Colaba'. Naseeruddin Shah's (who has a cameo in the movie) character is linked to this subplot, where he is playing the watchman of the said plot. He mentions that the property reserved for widows of martyred soldiers will be taken over by politicians and their cronies.

This was something that happened in real-life as well when in 2010, the scam was revealed where several politicians, bureaucrats, and top military brass were involved in grabbing flats in Adarsh society, which was at below-market rates, that were reserved for the army widows. The reveal of the scam led to the resignation of the then Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, while the late Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil, two former urban development ministers, Rajesh Tope and Sunil Tatkare, were also said to be involved in the scam. The CBI is currently investigating the claim.

5. The First

This will be Sidharth Malhotra's first collaboration with Neeraj Pandey, his first army based film and also his first film with Manoj Bajpayee.

Sources and Writing Credits - Desiblitz, Times of India, The Hindu, Times Now and IMDB. (Thanks)

Edited By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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