Real vs Reel: Is Kathmandu Connection 2 a true story based on IC 814 hijack & gangster Dawood Ibrahim?

Kathmandu Connection Season 2 is a true story based on the aftermath of the infamous 1999 IC-814 hijack incident and will also portray India's most wanted fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

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After the success of season 1, the spy thriller named Kathmandu Connection is coming back on OTT with its second season. Kathmandu Connection Season 2 will be released on December 23, 2022, on Sony Liv. Directed by Sachin Pathak and produced by Ajay G, Kathmandu Connection 2 star cast will see Amit Sial, Gopal Datt, and Aksha Pardasany sharing the screen once again. Apart from them, Bollywood actor Prashant Narayanan will also be seen playing the character of Wajid. Kathmandu Connection Season 1 was released on Sony Liv on April 23, 2021, and its storyline revolved around the horrific 1993 Bombay Bombings. With Sachin Pathak-directorial all set for its OTT release, the question arises whether Kathmandu Connection Season 2 is a true story or whether Kathmandu Connection Season 2 is a real story or not.

The answer to this question is Yes. Kathmandu Connection Season 2 is a true story based on the aftermath of the infamous 1999 IC-814 hijack incident and will also portray India's most wanted fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim. Going by Kathmandu Connection 2 teaser, Shivani Bhatnagar can be seen receiving a call from a person saying that he has been working on the 1999 IC-814 hijack conspiracy theory. Not only this, Bollywood actor Prashant Narayanan will be portraying the character of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

Kathmandu Connection 2 storyline

Shivani Bhatnagar has been employed by a media company in London for the past five years. She stumbles into some top-secret documents that are directly related to the hijacking of IC-814 and could pose a threat to India's national security. This time, everything is connected to Kathmandu again. When Shivani arrives in Kathmandu, she enlists the prisoner Sunny Sharma's assistance and is just about to reveal the real conspiracy. The unexpected occurs, and the cat-and-mouse game starts. Will Shivani be able to decipher the plan? Will Samarth Kaushik once again use Shivani as bait?

1999 IC-814 hijack

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For the unversed, Indian Airlines Flight 814, commonly known as IC 814, was an Indian Airlines Airbus A300 en route from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India, on Friday, 24 December 1999, when it was hijacked and flown to several locations before landing in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The aircraft was piloted by 37-year-old Captain Devi Sharan and first officer Rajinder Kumar, with 58-year-old flight engineer Anil Kumar Jaggia. The Airbus was hijacked by five masked Pakistani terrorists of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen[a] (HuM) shortly after it entered Indian airspace. The hijackers ordered the aircraft to be flown to a series of locations: Amritsar, Lahore, and across the Persian Gulf to Dubai. The hijackers finally forced the aircraft to land in Kandahar, Afghanistan, which at the time was controlled by the Taliban. The hijackers released 27 of 176 passengers in Dubai but fatally stabbed one and wounded several others.

The motive for the hijacking was to secure the release of terrorists held in prison in India – fellow HuM members Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh and Masood Azhar, and a Kashmiri militant, Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar. The hostage crisis lasted for seven days and ended after India agreed to release the three terrorists. The three have since been implicated in other terrorist actions, such as the 2001 Indian Parliament attack, the 2002 kidnapping, and murder of Daniel Pearl, the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, the 2016 Pathankot attack, and the 2019 Pulwama attack.

Dawood Ibrahim

In an interview with TellyChakkar, actor Prashant Narayanan revealed that his character of Wajid in the web series is based on Dawood Ibrahim. "The character that I am playing has been referred to in season one many times. So, this time my coming in the second season is giving it a face. It’s a character of a guy named Wajid who is referenced on Dawood Ibrahim. Everybody has their version of Dawood Ibrahim, but I look at him as a powerful man who used to stay in Bombay, got humiliated, and he has gone off to some other place; out of sheer anger, he is planning something against the country. He is not a firangi who is doing something against the country, he is somebody, who has lived here in Bombay, he was thrown out, and now, he is trying to do something against the country from outside the country."

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