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Jai Jawan on NDTV on August 15

Like in Hollywood, where entertainers and stars visit US troops in far-flung, hostile regions, Bollywood star Aamir Khan is going to Kargil to celebrate the Independence Day with Indian Jawans. NDTV will bring this Independence Day special, Jai Jawan, to its viewers in a two-hour programme to be telecast on both NDTV India and NDTV 24x7 on August 15. Khan will travel to border areas to interact with soldiers in their natural workplace - areas where every day is a struggle not just against the enemy but also against nature and loneliness.

Khan's journey to Kargil is split into three days. On Day One, Khan and NDTV anchor Barkha Dutt travel from Delhi to Leh by air. Dutt introduces the show with a short background on the Kargil conflict with personal accounts of her experiences there. Following the route taken by Jawans, Khan visits the Gurudwara Pathar Saheb, where every Jawan stops to pray for a safe future.

En route, Khan talks about why he is making this journey, what he feels about the army, the toughness of the terrain and the significance of the army's presence in areas he will tour. Day Two begins with an early morning journey to Drass, with breakfast at an infantry unit. Khan visits the Jawans and joins them in a game of carom. He then challenges the unit champion to a game of chess. At Drass the Jawans of an artillery unit demonstrate how a Bofors gun is fired.

Mogulpura, a key location during the Kargil War, becomes a cricket ground at 11,000 feet. Khan leads a team of Jawans, the Lagaan XI, against the officers, the Ladakh Scouts. The coveted trophy is a bat autographed by Sachin Tendulkar and Khan.

Khan then travels back to Drass for a bonfire with the Jawans. They sit around the fire and Khan acts for the Jawans. He spends the night with them in a bunker.

On the final day, Khan drives back to Kargil to meet patients who are admitted to the field ambulance. He is then invited to play a popular army game at an infantry unit - the tug of war. With him leading one section of soldiers, it's not long before his team pulls the other side over. In some time, Khan bids adieu to the Jawans, and heads back to his battlefield in Mumbai.