Akshay Kumar to play late mining engineer Jaswant Singh Gill in new film

Gill had rescued 64 miners from a flooded quarry in West Bengal in 1989

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Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar on Wednesday said he is set to play mining engineer Jaswant Singh Gill, who had rescued 64 miners from a flooded quarry in West Bengal in 1989, in an upcoming movie.

The actor said this in response to Union coal minister Pralhad Joshi's Twitter post, in which he remembered Gill on the 33rd anniversary of the country's "first coal mine rescue mission".

"Grateful to you @JoshiPralhad ji, for recalling India's first coal mine rescue mission - this day 33yrs ago. It's an honour for me to play #SardarJaswantSinghGill in a film. It's a story like no other! @easterncoal (sic)," Akshay wrote on the microblogging site.

A resident of Amritsar, Gill had received several awards for his act of bravery in 1989. He had volunteered and saved the lives of 64 people from a flooded mine in Raniganj area of West Bengal. Gill died in 2019 at the age of 80. The untitled Hindi film is produced by Pooja Entertainment. Tinu Suresh Desai, who helmed Rustom also starring Akshay, is reportedly attached to direct the project.

"Grateful to #PralhadJoshi ji for remembering him today. The mightiest heroes are the ones that remain grounded, but this one went further below to save the lives of many!

"With a lot of pride, we bring to you the heroic act of IND's 1st Coalmine Rescue by late #SardarJaswantSinghGill (sic)," the production banner said in a tweet.

Earlier, this month Akshay had announced he will play the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Mahesh Manjrekar's Marathi film Vedat Marathe Veer Daudle Saat.