Vishal Bhardwaj will be directing an adaptation of Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark’s non-fiction book The Exile: The Flight of Osama Bin Laden. The book, published in 2017 and based on extensive reportage, provides insider accounts into Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden’s movements after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States of America, Times of India reported.
Bhardwaj’s movie, titled Abbottabad, will be produced by the filmmaker and Junglee Pictures. They had previously collaborated on Talvar, based on the killings of Arushi Talwar and Hemraj Banjade in 2008. The director had wanted to adapt the authors’ previous book The Siege (2013), about the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, but it fell through since the rights had already been sold to an American producer.
Abbottabad is being spun as a prequel to Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, about the US mission to kill Bin Laden in 2011. “I was completely hooked,” Bhardwaj said about the book.
“About a year back, they (Levy and Scott-Clark) came to meet me and we had another chat about The Siege,” Bhardwaj said. “During that chat, I asked them about what they were working on next. They told me about the next book they were working on - The Exile - and I was sold on it in one line, when they said it’s “the prequel to Zero Dark Thirty”...I wanted to read it. I signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement and reading it only convinced me further that I wanted a film like this, a global film, to come out of India, on a global story like this.”
Bringing the glamour back to flying while keeping it affordable
The pleasure of air travel is back, courtesy of an airline in India.
Before dinner, fashionable women would retire to the powder room and suited-up men would indulge in hors d’oeuvres, surrounded by plush upholstery. A gourmet meal would soon follow, served in fine tableware. Flying, back in the day, was like an upscale party 35,000 feet up in the air.
The glamour of flying has been chronicled in Keith Lovegrove’s book titled ‘Airline: Style at 30,000 feet’. In his book, Lovegrove talks about how the mid-50s and 60s were a “fabulously glamorous time to fly in commercial airlines”. Back then, flying was reserved for the privileged and the luxuries played an important role in making travelling by air an exclusive experience.
Fast forward to the present day, where flying has become just another mode of transportation. In Mumbai, every 65 seconds an aircraft lands or takes off at the airport. The condition of today’s air travel is a cumulative result of the growth in the volume of fliers, the accessibility of buying an air ticket and the number of airlines in the industry/market.
Having relegated the romance of flying to the past, air travel today is close to hectic and borderline chaotic thanks to busy airports, packed flights with no leg room and unsatisfactory meals. With the skies dominated by frequent fliers and the experience having turned merely transactional and mundane, is it time to bid goodbye to whatever’s enjoyable in air travel?
With increased resources and better technology, one airline is proving that flying in today’s scenario can be a refreshing, enjoyable and affordable experience at the same time. Vistara offers India’s first and only experience of a three-cabin configuration. At a nominal premium, Vistara’s Premium Economy is also redefining the experience of flying with a host of features such as an exclusive cabin, 20% extra legroom, 4.5-inch recline, dedicated check-in counter and baggage delivery on priority. The best in class inflight dining offers a range of regional dishes, while also incorporating global culinary trends. Other industry-first features include Starbucks coffee on board and special assistance to solo women travellers, including preferred seating.
Vistara’s attempts to reduce the gap between affordability and luxury can also be experienced in the economy class with an above average seat pitch, complimentary selection of food and beverages and a choice of leading newspapers and publications along with an inflight magazine. Hospitality aboard Vistara is, moreover, reminiscent of Singapore Airlines’ famed service with a seal of Tata’s trust, thanks to its cabin crew trained to similarly high standards.
The era of style aboard a ‘flying boat’ seems long gone. However, airlines like Vistara are bringing back the allure of air travel. Continuing their campaign with Deepika Padukone as brand ambassador, the new video delivers a bolder and a more confident version of the same message - making flying feel new again. Watch the new Vistara video below. For your next trip, rekindle the joy of flying and book your tickets here.
This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Vistara and not by the Scroll editorial team.