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'I want people to know what happens in a war'

Major Ravi, a recipient of the President's medal for gallantry, left the Indian Army to be a military consultant for many Indian films. He then became a filmmaker, a desire that he had carried within him for a long time.

His first film (Punarjani) was for children with Pranav, Mohanlal's son, as the hero. It won Pranav the Kerala state award for acting. His first major feature film was Keerthichakra, a film on militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, starring Malayalm superstar Mohanlal.

A former commando with the National Security Guard, Major Ravi led the team that broke into the house where Sivarasan -- the LTTE terrorist who masterminded former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination in May 1991 -- was hiding in Bangalore.

When rediff.com met Major Ravi after he made Keerthichakra, he had said, "I, Captain Ravi (he was a captain then) was the first to break into the house where Sivarasan was hiding in. Now, so many people are making films on that, but one day, I will make a film on that operation and there will not be any lie in it; only the facts. It will be what I went through, and how bureaucratic hassles spoiled the entire operation. There are so many things I want to tell everyone."

Now, he has come up with that film, Mission 90 Days on the Rajiv Gandhi assassination with Mammootty, left, enacting what Major Ravi did in real life. As expected, the film has kicked up a controversy.

In an interview with Shobha Warrier, Major Ravi explains what happened that day when commandos stormed the Bangalore house where Sivarasan and his accomplices were hiding.

Also Read: The Rajiv assassination: What happened, when
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