For the first time in Indian history, an actor will be conferred the honorary title of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army (TA), a citizen's force of the Indian army. It's is none other than Malayalam superstar Mohanlal.
The only other celebrity to get this prestigious title is former cricket captain Kapil Dev. Notably, the age limit for joining the TA, which has been fixed at 42, has been relaxed for Mohanlal, who is 48. The actor sought to join the citizens" army after portraying a brave soldier in Keerthichakra (2006) and Kurukshetra (2008), both directed by Major Ravi.
The Chief of Staff of the Army has reportedly recommended the veteran actor's name to the Defence Ministry. Mohanlal will be attached to the infantry battalion in Kannur, Kerala. However, the official decision will be taken soon.
The Territorial Army is a voluntary part-time honorary civilian force that plays a key role in the defence of the country. It provides an opportunity to civilians to receive military training and also provide the country with a reserve force that can assist the regular army during operations.