New Delhi: When the video of Pradeep Mehra of Noida in Uttar Pradesh went viral where he is running at night to prepare to join the Indian Army, his passion immensely moved Lt. Gen. Satish Dua (Retd.) who has now offered to help Pradeep meet his passion and realise the dream of joining the Army.
“His Josh is commendable, and to help him pass the recruitment tests on his merit, I’ve interacted with Colonel of KUMAON Regiment, Lt Gen Rana Kalita, the Eastern Army Commander. He is doing the needful to train the boy for recruitment into his Regiment. Jai Hind ” the Retired General wrote on Twitter.
It may be noted the video of this 19-year-old boy become instantly popular as millions have seen it so far. The video was recorded by filmmaker Vinod Kapri where he was seen interacting with the boy. While the boy was running carrying a bag pack, the film maker offering him lift in his car thinking that the boy may be in need of lift at night to reach some place.
During the interaction the filmmakers found supering aspect about the boy that he is preparing to join Indian arny.
Kapri posted the video on his twitter account. The boy said he runs 10 km every night after his duty at McDonald’s in Noida so that he becomes fit enough to join the Indian army.
Despite Kapri offering him a lift to his home several times, he refused, saying he prefers to run home because he doesn’t get the time to do it otherwise during the day.
During the conversation, Pradeep revealed that his mother is currently hospitalised, and he lives with his brother in Noida’s Barola village.
Further, Pradeep, who originally hails from Uttarakhand’s Almora town, said that he will cook his dinner once he reaches home since his brother works the night shifts. After the video went viral, numerous people have praised his passion.
“Last night at 12 o’clock on the road of Noida, I saw this boy running very fast with a bag on his shoulder. I thought he is in some trouble, lift should be given. Repeatedly offered lift but it declined… You will fall in love with this child if you listen to the reason,” Vinod Kapri captioned the video
Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh tweeted: “Champions are made like this .. whether on the sports field or anything they do in life .. He will be a winner..thank you Vinod for sharing this .. yes PURE GOLD (sic).”
“This will make your Monday morning! What A Guy,” former cricketer Kevin Pietersen commented.
Calling Pradeep a “real inspiration”, a netizen tweeted, “You are solid Gold Pradeep Mehra – a truly worthy future warrior.