Nimrat Kaur, who shot to fame with her portrayal of Ila in Ritesh Batra's film The Lunchbox, recently opened up about her father's death. The actor was seen alongside Irrfan in the 2013 film. Now, she is gearing up for her big release Airlift, in which she has been paired opposite Akshay Kumar.
In an interview to the Media, Kaur revealed disturbing details of her father's death. Nimrat's father was Major Bhupinder Singh. She said, "He was a young army major, an engineer posted on the border roads of the army in a place called Verinag in Kashmir. Kashmir was not a family station, so we continued living in Patiala when he went to Kashmir."
"We were on our winter vacation in January 1994, and visiting our father in Kashmir, when the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen kidnapped him from his place of work and after seven days, terminated him. They had made some ridiculous demands of some terrorists to be released that he obviously did not agree to. He was just 44 when he died," the actor said.
"We got the news and flew back with his body to Delhi, and I saw his body for the first time only in Delhi. We then moved to Noida and lived with my Nana-Nani (maternal grandparents) for a few months before my mother bought her own place (with my father's pension money and our savings) and we moved out. We never went back to Patiala again except after a few months to pick up our luggage. The government gave us a piece of land in Rajasthan and my father was posthumously awarded the Shaurya Chakra," the Airlift actor added.
Nimrat lost her father when she was 12/13-years-old. And in the interview, the actor said that her father's death was the lowest point of her life. Nimrat said, "My life changed. It was not a financial threat. But that life that I had lived with those orderlies, those army cars went away overnight. It was difficult moving to a civilian life. In the army ,you are living in a shell and that's why my father never sent me to an army school. You are used to three sevadars around you and suddenly ,there are no army get-togethers, so to just adjust to the new life without any fauji kids for friends was tough. I was undergoing puberty that time and that compounded my agony."
"But the Army stands by you like a rock. They are your family and even today, they will come at the drop of a hat if you need something and they will do anything for you," Nimrat said.
The 33-year-old just wrapped up the Airlift shoot. The film, which brings to celluloid the biggest evacuation in the history of the world, is to hit the screens on January 22, 2016. Airlift has as its backdrop the 1990 Gulf War, and how the Indian Air Force airlifted Indians stuck in Kuwait and brought them back to India.