The actor will play Jaswant Singh Gill, the engineer who rescued 64 miners in West Bengal in 1989, in Tinu Suresh Desai’s next project
Avinash Lohana (MUMBAI MIRROR; June 20, 2017)

Ajay Devgn is currently shooting for Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho and is set to resume work on Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Again soon. Recently, Mirror reported that he is also set to produce a TV show on yoga guru Ramdev. Now, we hear that the actor has joined hands with filmmaker Abhinav Shuklaa for a film on Jaswant Singh Gill, the chief engineer who in 1989 saved the lives of 64 miners at the Mahabir Colliery of Raniganj in West Bengal. Ajay, who will feature in the film, has roped in Tinu Suresh Desai (director of the Akshay Kumar-starrer Rustom) to helm the project.

“The makers have acquired the official rights to the life story of J S Gill for the yet-untitled film. Work on the script has already begun and Ajay will go through extensive prep before he starts shooting next year,” a source close to the development informed Mirror.

In November 1989, when around 220 miners were breaking coal walls by triggering blasts, the wall of an underground water table adjacent to where they were working cracked and the water gushed in.

Six miners lost their lives and while the ones closest to the lift were pulled out, 64 miners remained trapped inside. A 2.5 m tall steel capsule was created and attached to a crane which was lowered into the pit. Gill, who was trained in rescue procedures, volunteered to bring the miners back up and stayed down till the last miner was pulled out to safety. He emerged at the end of the six-hour ordeal to applause, with onlookers picking him up on their shoulders for a celebratory jig.