Operation Valentine (film)

Operation Valentine(film)

Operation Valentine is a 2024 Indian action-drama film based on the 2019 Pulwama Attack and the retaliatory Balakot Air Strikes of 2019 by the Indian Air Force directed by Shakti Pratap Singh Hada, in his directorial debut, and produced by Sony Pictures and Sandeep Mudda, with co-production by God Bless Entertainment and Nandkumar Abbineni. It was shot jointly in Telugu and Hindi. It stars Varun Tej, Manushi Chhillar, Navdeep and Mir Sarwar in pivotal parts. It marks the Hindi film debut of Tej and the Telugu film debut for Chhillar. The film was released in theaters worldwide on 1 March 2024 to mixed reviews from reviewers and the audience.

Operation Valentine

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shakti Pratap Singh Hada
Screenplay by
  • Shakti Pratap Singh Hada
  • Aamir Nahid Khan
  • Siddharth Rajkumar
Dialogues by Telugu:
Sai Madhav Burra
Vaibhav Vishal
Aamir Nahid Khan
Produced by
  • Sony Pictures
  • Sandeep Mudda
  • Varun Tej
  • Manushi Chhillar
  • Navdeep
  • Mir Sarwar
Cinematography Hari K. Vedantam
Edited by Naveen Nooli
Music by Mickey J. Meyer
  • Sony Pictures
  • Renaissance Pictures
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • 1 March 2024
Running time
130 minutes
Country India
Languages Telugu


  • Varun Tej as Wing Commander Arjun “Rudra” Dev
  • Manushi Chhillar as Wing Commander Aahna “Eva” Gill Navdeep as Wing Commander Kabir Paresh Pahuja as Squadron Leader Yash “Anvil” Sharma
  • Ruhani Sharma as Squadron Leader Tanya “Hammer” Sharma
  • Mir Sarwar as Kamran Shataf Figar as Air Marshal Rajeev Bakshi
  • Sampath Raj as Air commodore Mayank Mhatre
  • Vaibhav Tatwawadi as Group Captain Aakhtyar “Shaheen” Khan
  • Ashwath Bhatt as Pakistani Army General Mushtaq Ahmed Ali Reza as Rishi Abhinav Gomatam as Dhruv
  • Anish Kuruvilla as Indian Security Advisor Srikanth Iyengar as Indian Military Head Sameer as Indian Naval Head


Completing its third schedule on 14 August 2023, the makers publicly revealed its title as Operation Valentine. This joint project is set for a release in both Telugu and Hindi.

On 19 October 2023, the makers stated principal photography of the film was wrapped up.


The soundtrack and background score were written by Mickey J. Meyer. Saregama bought the audio rights. The film’s first song, “Vande Mataram,” was unveiled at the Wagah Border.


It was originally scheduled for a theatrical release on 8 December 2023, but was rescheduled to 16 February 2024, due to a delay in post-production work. Later, the film was released on 1 March 2024 in cinemas worldwide.

The film’s post-theatrical streaming rights were bought by Amazon Prime Video, and the film started streaming on Prime from 22 March 2024.


Operation Valentine got mixed reviews. Arjun Menon of Rediff.com gave 3/5 stars and notes “Operation Valentine follows the templates of similar air force narratives to deliver some rousing, harmless fun time.”

Paul Nicodemus of The Times of India also rated 3.0 out of 5 stars and stated that “Operation Valentine is a respectful nod to the bravery of the Indian Air Force, giving audiences a mix of action, patriotism, and drama. While it may not reach the emotional or cinematic heights of its preceding aerial combat and air force films, it remains a decent watch for its spirited portrayal of heroism and sacrifice in the face of hardship.”

Sangeetha Devi Dundoo of The Hindu writes that the writing “fails to offer anything new”, with an underwritten relationship between the lead actors, and dull characters. Raghu Bandi of The Indian Express gave the film 1.5/5 stars, writing that the film “lacks a human story”, “graphic work looks patchy” and production values leave a lot to be desired”, while praising Varun Tej’s performance. The New Indian Express gave the film 2/5 stars, criticising the writing, saying that it “doesn’t have the novelty or invention to grab our attention”. The review displays disappointment with Varun Tej’s acting, calling it discomforting, while noting that Chhillar brings “a certain understated intensity to her character” despite the poorly written role.

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