Fauji (Devanagari: फौजी, Nastaliq: فوجی, translation: "Soldier") (1989) was a TV series following the training of an Indian Army commando regiment that aired on India's national channel DD National in 1989. It was produced by New Film Addicts pvt ltd. Colonel Raj Kapoor was a Director in this company. Fauji starring Shahrukh Khan that went on to become a mega success. This was not his debut role as is popularly believed. His debut role in TV serials was in Dil Dariya where he went quite unnoticed.The magic of Fauji transformed him into an overnight celebrity. The character played by Khan (Abhimanyu Rai) gained instant popularity due to the brilliant writing, shooting and editing of the team of creators who were all young and deeply committed.The character of Abhimanyu Rai was based on the exploits of Lt Col Sanjoy Bannerji of the Bombay Sappers, Indian Army.