Shahid Kapoor’s father Pankaj Kapoor is said to be of the opinion that his son should have screen image makeover. Though Shahid was successful in roles like an aimless student in “Ishq Vishq”, a gangster-social activist in “Kaminey”, a struggling dancer in “Chance Pe Dance” and an entrepreneur in “Jab We Met” and “Vivah”, Pankaj decided a uniformed soldier’s role would give his son a mature man’s image.
Pankaj first toyed with the idea of making Shahid an Army officer. Then it was decided to cast him as an Air Force pilot. The last real big star to play an Air Force pilot in Hindi cinema was Rajesh Khanna in Shakti Samanta’s 1969 hit “Aradhana”, which itself was a copy of the 1946 Hollywood film “To Each His Own”.
Shahid’s role is being modeled on the lines of Tom Cruise’s 1986 film “Top Gun”, in which the actor played a Navy pilot training in the US Navy Fighter Weapons School known in the Pentagon as ‘Topgun’.
Permission is being sought to make the film at the Air Force Academy in Dindigul, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, much in the manner “Top Gun” was actually shot at the US Navy school in Miramar, California.