Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan's parents K Unnikrishnan and Dhanalakshmi Unnikrishnan were present at an event to mark the 13th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. An event of the film Major, based on Sandeep Unnikrishnan's life, was also held at the venue. The 26/11 memorial and film related event were both held at the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers hotel in Mumbai, the exact same location where Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan was martyred while tackling terrorists during the attack.
Filmibeat asked Major Sandeep's father Mr K Unnikrishnan whether their son had contacted them before leaving on the 26/11 mission on 26 November 2008. (We were sensitive in our question.) Sandeep was a commando and training officer with the elite National Security Guard (NSG), which was sent on the special mission to the Taj hotel on 26/11.
Sandeep's father, a retired ISRO officer, replied to Filmibeat, "Sandeep had called me on the night of 26/11 itself. He mentioned what had happened to officers like (Hemant) Karkare, not revealing his full name or mission. I didn't know the attack was that serious then. I went off to sleep." But Sandeep had not talked to his mother and then fate had its own plans.
Sandeep's mother was in tears at the event while sharing little tidbits from her son's life, leaving everyone present moist-eyed. "Sandeep was always helpful to others, right from his childhood, and his teachers were happy for him," she said, emphasising that her son was always unselfish and put others before himself.
During the biggest attack on the country, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan again put others before himself during the mission when he said to his NSG team on 26/11, "Don't come up, I will handle them (the terrorists)."
Major Sandeep's father revealed that there were several reasons his son decided to face the terrorists alone. "One is he wanted to finish off the mission. Second he wanted corner all four terrorists in one room, and then he wanted to injure at least one and stop the killing of innocent people."
Mr Unnikrishnan revealed that he was the biggest critic of his son. But that he also considers himself as a disciple and mentee of his beloved son, who laid down his life for the country.
Major releases on 11 February 2022. It is a bilingual film in Telugu and Hindi and will be dubbed into Malayalam, which is the language of the Unnikrishnans.
Major stars Adivi Sesh as Sandeep Unnikrishnan and Saiee Manjrekar as his childhood sweetheart Isha. The film also stars Sobhita Dhulipala as hostage Pramoda, and Prakash Raj and Revathi as Sandeep's parents.