'Mission Raniganj' real story: Who is Jaswant Singh Gill? All You Need To Know About Akshay Kumar's Character

Who is Jaswant Singh Gill: Know all about Akshay Kumar's character in 'Mission Raniganj', the person who rescued trapped miners from a flooded coal mine.

Reported by: PTC Punjabi Desk | Edited by: Ritika Nath  |  September 08th 2023 01:04 PM |  Updated: September 08th 2023 06:11 PM

'Mission Raniganj' real story: Who is Jaswant Singh Gill? All You Need To Know About Akshay Kumar's Character

'Mission Raniganj' real story: Akshay Kumar, a Bollywood actor known for his affinity towards socially relevant and inspiring stories, has recently unveiled the motion poster for his upcoming film, 'Mission Raniganj: The Great Bharat Rescue.' The film is said to bring to life the extraordinary journey of mining engineer Jaswant Singh Gill, a man whose remarkable act of courage touched the hearts of many. Set against the backdrop of West Bengal in 1989, 'Mission Raniganj' delves into a gripping tale of heroism, resilience, and unwavering determination.

Who is Jaswant Singh Gill? All you need to know about Akshay Kumar's character

Born on November 22, 1937, in Sathiala, Amritsar, Jaswant Singh Gill pursued his education at Khalsa College, completing his studies in 1959. Jaswant Singh Gill rescued trapped miners from a flooded coal mine. 

His life took a dramatic turn when, in 1991, he was honored with the prestigious Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak for his exceptional bravery. This recognition came from none other than President Ramaswamy Venkataraman, highlighting the magnitude of Gill's courageous feat.

What happened in Raniganj in 1989?

The events that unfolded in Raniganj on that fateful day are etched into history. At Raniganj's Mahabir Colliery, a shocking incident happened on November 13, 1989. The daily chore of planning explosions to extract coal was being dutifully carried out by the miners. The underground groundwater level broke away, causing significant flooding, however, this was an unexpected and rapid disaster.

220 miners were stranded in the dangerous depths of the mine, their chances of survival shrinking by the second, and their lives were hanging in the balance. Jaswant Singh Gill became a ray of hope at this turning point. Gill put forth a brilliant and unusual suggestion that was a notable departure from traditional rescue techniques.

Jaswant Singh Gill- The Ray of Hope 

As a last-ditch effort to rescue the trapped miners, he recommended drilling a well and releasing a steel rescue capsule. The rescue operation's crucial moment turned out to be this unusual strategy. Jaswant Singh Gill was the last miner who came out from the deepest parts after all the miners had been released one by one from their underground isolation.

Jaswant Singh Gill maintained his dedication and modesty while performing a brave feat. He died on November 26, 2019, and was survived by his wife and four kids. A gate on Majitha Road in Amritsar has been named after him to perpetuate his memory and recognize his unwavering spirit and unselfish heroism.

About the movie 'Mission Raniganj'

'Mission Raniganj' is directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, who previously collaborated with Akshay Kumar in the acclaimed film "Rustom." The movie features a talented ensemble cast, including Kumud Mishra, Pavan Malhotra, Ravi Kishan, and Dibyendu Bhattacharya, among others, who will help bring this compelling tale of courage and determination to the silver screen.

The film is slated to be released on October 6. 


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