Mani Ratnam has come out with a clarification on the prison episode in his last week release, the Karthi-Aditi Rao Hydari starrer Kaatru Veliyidai.
A press note from his production house Madras Talkies said, ”
There is a sequence in the film where, the Indian prisoners Karthi and his two friends escape from Pakistan Prison and their Army Men.
Some online reviewers are quizzing about the authenticity of this sequence. So, here is the true story behind this sequence.
When Flight Lieutenant Dilip Parulkar was shot down over Pakistan on 10 December 1971, he quickly turned that catastrophe into the greatest adventure of his life.
On 13 August 1972 Parulkar, along with Malvinder Singh Grewal and Harish Sinhji escaped from a POW camp in Rawalpindi. Four Miles To Freedom is their story.
“Four miles to freedom” is a book written by Ms.Faith Johnston. It depicts their real story. Kaatru Veliyidai borrows incidents from this book.
Most of what Karthi and his friends do to escape are from real incidents. So, this should put an end to people who question the authenticity of this sequence and the confusion surrounding this sequence.”