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New film on Frenchman who hijacked a plane in support of Bangladesh Liberation War

  • Published at 04:36 pm September 2nd, 2020
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Jean Kay Collected

On December 3, Jean Kay went aboard the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight 720B with a pistol and a small box full of wires. He kept the passengers hostage for six hours and demanded that 20 tons of medical supplies and relief items be immediately sent to Bangladesh

28-year old Frenchman Jean Kay, took a pistol on December 3, 1971, and hijacked a plane in support of the people of Bangladesh in their struggle for independence. 

Prominent Bangladeshi director of Gondi and Bhuban Majhi, Fakhrul Arefeen Khan, announced that his next film would be based on the little-known true story of Jean Kay.

Previously a soldier in Biafra and Yemen, Kay knew all too well about the horrors of war. The French electronics technician was shocked to his core by reading about the plight of the Bangladeshi refugees during the Liberation War of 1971. 

The lack of medicine and food supplies in the camps, and heartbreaking pictures of children dying every day of starvation, made the former soldier, who took a conscious decision to dedicate his whole life to social work, want to do something about it. 

On December 3, Jean Kay went aboard the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight 720B at Orly airport, with a pistol and a small box of wires. He kept the passengers hostage for six hours and demanded that 20 tons of medical supplies and relief materials be immediately sent to Bangladesh.

The upcoming film titled ‘1971 Ebong Kay’ would detail how the Frenchman executed his desperate measure without threatening a single passenger. Currently, the film's script is in development.

The director told Dhaka Tribune Showtime: "90% of the actors will be either from Bangladesh or Kolkata. The protagonist will of course be played by a French actor."

"And the dialogues are being written in both English and French; we will however provide Bangla subtitles," he added. 

Even though the Frenchman, Jean Kay, was caught by the police, the 20 tons of crucial relief items later arrived in Bangladesh as promised.