Tango Charlie is a 2005 Indian Hindi war film written and directed by Mani Shankar and cinematography by T. Surendra Reddy. The film stars Ajay Devgn, Bobby Deol, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Tanisha, Nandana Sen and Sudesh Berry. The film follows paramilitary man Tarun Chauhan (Bobby Deol) journey from young border guard recruit to war-hardened fighter in the Indian Border Security Force. The film presents the idea that real soldiers are not born, but bred.
The film deals with insurgency and extremism in various parts of India, and was described by BBC’s Jaspreet Pandohar as “an interesting study of Indian terrorism, violence, and valour”. The Hindu newspaper called the film “a visual treat with a daring theme” and “dares to enter where the Indian media shies away”.
The story starts off with two Indian Air Force helicopter pilots (Squadron Leader Vikram Rathore and Flight Lieutenant Shezad Khan, played by Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Shetty respectively) discovering a mass pile of dead rebels and an Indian trooper appearing to be dead in the Kashmir valley. They later discover he’s alive and find out who he is by reading his diary.
Border Security Force
Ajay Devgn as BSF Soldier Havaldar Mohammad Ali (“Mike Alpha”)
Bobby Deol as BSF Soldier Sepoy Tarun Chauhan (“Tango Charlie”)
Sudesh Berry as BSF Soldier Bhiku
Shahbaz Khan as BSF Soldier Dev Dixit
Rajesh Khera as BSF Soldier Havaldar Sangram Singh
Suresh Ghera as Manipur BSF Officer
Indian Air Force
Sanjay Dutt as Squadron Leader Vikram Rathore
Suniel Shetty as Flight Lieutenant Shezad Khan
Alok Nath as Mr. Anand Chauhan (Tarun Chauhan’s father)
Ayesha Jaleel as Mrs Chauhan (Tarun Chauhan’s mother)
Vivek Shauq as Tarun’s friend
Sanjay Mishra as Tarun’s friend
Tanisha as Lachchi Narayan/Lachchi Tarun Chauhan
Tiku Talsania as Ram Narayan (Lachchi’s father)