Pippa True Story: Who is 'real-life' soldier Balram Singh Mehta aka Balli?

Amazon Prime Video's Pippa is a true story based on the war memoir The Burning Chaffees authored by Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta on the battle of Garibpur.

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From the makers of Uri & Rang De Basanti, Pippa is among the most awaited movies all set to be released on Amazon Prime Video.  Pippa is a war drama all set to be released on Amazon Prime Video on November 10, 2023. Directed by Raja Krishna Menon, Pippa features actors like Ishaan Khatter, Mrunal Pandey, Soni Razdan, Priyanshu Painyuli, and more in the lead roles. Pippa is a true story based on the war memoir The Burning Chaffees authored by Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta. Although some scenes in the movie might be dramatized, the makers of Pippa promise to present the movie with actual facts and figures. Since you have landed on this page, True Scoop News assumes that you are wondering about Pippa True Story or 'real-life' Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta. Below is everything you need to know about Brigadear Balram Singh Mehta- 


Who is 'real-life' Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta?


Bollywood actor Ishaan Khatter is portraying the character of Balram Singh Mehta in the movie Pippa. Reportedly, Pippa tells the story of three siblings set against the backdrop of the action-packed 48-hour Battle of Garibpur, which was fought on the eastern front of India during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.


Talking about Brigadier Balram Mehta, he was from the 45th Cavalry Tank Squadron and went on to fight for Bangladesh. In fact, Mehta headed the tank squadron and ultimately led India to its victory. 


The movie's official synopsis says, "PIPPA tells the story of Captain Balram Singh Mehta of India’s 45 Cavalry regiment who, along with his siblings, fought on the eastern front during the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971. Named after the Russian amphibious war tank “PT-76”, which floats on water like an empty ‘pippa’ (tin) of ghee, the film traces Mehta's coming-of-age as he steps up to prove himself in a war to liberate Bangladesh."


Now, another question that strikes fans' minds is why this film is titled 'Pipa'. The answer to this question is Pippa's is a pet name of the Russian tanks which was used by an armored tank squadron headed by Balram Mehta. The term 'Pippa' was used for the Russian amphibious war tank PT-76. Pippa is a Punjabi term that means an empty 'ghee da dabba' that smoothly floats on water one of the characteristics of the Russian PT-76 tanks.


Talking about the Battle of Garibpur, it was fought between India and Pakistan for control of the village of Garibpur, now in Bangladesh. On 20 November 1971, Indian troops of the 14th Battalion of the Punjab Regiment with 14 supporting PT-76 tanks from the 45 Cavalry moved in to capture the areas around Garibpur in Pakistani territory. 


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