We are living in an era where television is being ruled by bulk of saas-bahu serials and reality shows. We often complain about the lack of interesting content on television, and end up streaming popular on-demand videos on Amazon Prime and Netflix.
The Indian television wasn’t always like this. The legacy of quality TV shows like Buniyaad, Hum Log, Nukkad, etc, was carried on by the likes of Dekh Bhai Dekh, Vikram Betaal, and Swabhimaan. However, Sahara TV has been one of the primetime TV’s greatest gifts to the country. The channel was later named as ‘Sahara Manoranjan’ in 2003, and gradually grew in popularity, largely due to the telecast of ‘Mission Fateh’.
A visual masterpiece that showcased the martyrdom of our brave soldiers in the Kargil War, Mission Fateh paid a solemn tribute to the bravehearts who laid down their lives. The show portrayed the untold story of the brave soldiers and exalted their lives. Broadcasted every Friday at 9:30 pm, Mission Fateh was so intriguing that even kids would skip their morning cartoons to watch the show’s re-runs on Sunday at 11:30 pm.
The USP of the show was its well-written and well-executed script. While the acting of the cast couldn’t be termed the best, the spirit with which the actors undertook the portrayal of a huge martyrdom was worth applauding.
Captain Vijayat Thapar’s story formed one of the most touching episodes of the show. The fact that Captain Thapar’s character was actually played on Mission Fateh by Saharari Subrata Roy’s son Sushanto Roy is known to very few.
For the uninitiated, Captain Vijyant Thapar was commissioned to 2 Rajputana Rifles on December 12, 1998. He, along with his unit, faced fierce encounters in Kupwara. Later, his unit was moved to Drass in order to dispense the enemy at Tololing, Tiger Hill.
After the capture of Tololing, Captain Thapar’s unit was assigned the task of capturing the strategically important points of Three Pimples and Knoll, and the Lone Hill area. A recapture skirmish was launched on June 28, 1998, during which Major P Acharya lost his life fighting.
Major Acharya’s death made Captain Vijyant Thapar vow to destroy the enemy at all costs. He moved up the steep hill, where he was hit by a sudden burst of fire in the head. He fell in the arms of his comrade, Naik Tilak Singh. His sacrifice inspired the other jawans of his unit, who then went on to finally capture Knoll.
Captain Vijyant Thapar’s story was one of the many tales of unprecedented courage and sacrifice. Brought forth beautifully by Brigadier (Retd.) MM Bhanot, Mission Fateh featured dialogs written by Raghuvir Shekhawat and lyrics penned by Shaheen Iqbal. The concept and direction was taken care of by Girish Malik, who also wrote, directed and produced the movie Jal.
Mission Fateh did a brilliant job in bringing forth the untold stories of army men who sacrificed their lives to protect the nation. We salute the martyrs of Kargil War!