Pune : Policenama online  – In a cinematic tribute to the National Defence Academy (NDA) in Pune, the Punit Balan Group has crafted a compelling documentary narrated by veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan. Marking the 75th anniversary of the NDA, this documentary delves into the rich history of an institution that has consistently produced officers of remarkable capabilities for the defence of our nation.

Established in 1949, the NDA arose from the imperative need for skilled and trained officers across the Army, Navy, and Air Force during the tumultuous period of India’s independence. Melding higher education with military training, the academy admits students aged 18 to 19, subjecting them to rigorous discipline and an environment detached from the outside world. The Punit Balan Group brings forth this unique blend in a documentary, meticulously highlighting the academy’s crucial role in shaping the defenders of our borders.

The foundation stone for the NDA was laid on October 6, 1949, by India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, in the picturesque Khadakwasla area. Initially, a densely forested region proved to be an ideal setting for comprehensive training across all three armed forces. The documentary chronicles the transformation of Khadakwasla from a dense forest to a bustling city, mirroring the evolution of the academy itself.

The film provides a rare glimpse into the lives of NDA cadets, illustrating their training routines, the emphasis on discipline, and their isolation from worldly pleasures. Furthermore, it addresses a curiosity shared by many—why is a building in the NDA named after another country, specifically ‘Sudan’? This enigma is unravelled, adding an intriguing layer to the narrative.

Punit Balan, Chairman of the Punit Balan Group, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to present the NDA’s history to the nation. “I am lucky that I got an opportunity to present the history of this ‘NDA’ to the countrymen through a documentary. Many aspects of NDA have been highlighted in this documentary, and we believe that everyone will like this short film,” he stated.

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