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Paltan Review: A Grand Tribute To An Inspiring Victory Of The Indian Army
An inspiring real-life tale
A veteran of patriotic films, J. P. Dutta, makes a return to direct a war film with patriotic elements. The story he wanted to tell is certainly never before seen on screen and never before told by anyone. It is about The Nathu La and Cho La clashes between India and China. They are of extreme importance for India because they were a redemptive comeback for the Indian Army after the defeat in 1962 India-China War. The Indian forces achieved decisive tactical advantage and defeated the Chinese forces in these clashes.
India stood unbeatable in the end so much so that China was embarrassed enough to disclose heavily tampered figures of their casualties, as well as a monetary loss while India held on to candour. It is a great inspiring tale for Indians. Mostly untold. J. P. Dutta in his typical inimitable style made this film with all the verve possible only for him in such matters.
The film’s narrative begins soon after the Indo-Sino war of 1962. Interestingly, that war is referred to as a skirmish between both sides, but what follows are more squabbles. This time to save Sikkim from the Chinese army who is treacherously inching toward the Indian side, Indian Army's Rajput wing put on a brave fight and brought honors back.
Arjun Rampal as Lt Col. Rai Singh and Sonu Sood as Major Bishen Singh respectively lead the pack not only as top-ranking officers but also in performances. Among the younger lot, Harshvardhan Rane stands out as a passionate soldier while Gurmeet Singh Choudhary goes overboard, especially with an accent that oscillates between Jatt Haryanvi and Rajasthani. Luv Sinha as the amiable Attar Singh gives his cheerful best while Siddhant Kapoor is easily forgotten.
Dutta stuck to his guns
J. P. Dutta did what he is known for best. He took the safe route and added unnecessary padding in the form of love stories and lengthy flashbacks which fails to humanise the characters and do not move the story forward in any way. The actors for the Chinese Army are comical at best. They feel like caricatures than fully realised men. Apart from this, he mainly stuck to his guns and fired a full-blown ammunition during the edge of the seat and goosebump-ridden climactic battle.
The actors are trained by the Indian Army, the soldiers in the background are real army men. And all this adds to the authenticity of the characters and atmosphere. Every actor who played an Army-Man role is like Army-Men. Quite a stunning achievement this one is.
The music is good in the background score as it is very essential for such films. The cinematography is first rate. Editing could have been better as with a bit of trimming, the movie would have been better. The production design is first class and the visuals are grand. All in all, Paltan is not an insignificant achievement.
All in all, save for some flaws in the early narration, Paltan makes for a good watch this weekend who doesn't want to watch a tragic romance. The final 30 minutes is full paisa vasool. Moreover, we will understand the significance of the Indian army victory which boosted the morale of India during that time, and the standing in the world.
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Veteran filmmaker J. P. Dutta comes back after a long gap with the patriotic war film, his pet genre with a stellar cast that includes Jackie Shroff. The movie hits the theatres today and the previews, and early morning shows are done and/or underway already. The talk for the first half of the movie is average at best. Unnecessary love stories of the lead characters and lack of charismatic stars show the effect on the movie. But it's not bad all the way. Those who watch the entire movie say that the film is good and introduces us to an Indian victory we didn't know much about.
Paltan is said to be a gem of gold (don't know what it is) from the house of J. P. Dutta. A never-known till now story and outstanding performances with a dose of laughter and seriousness embedded into it. The movie feels like living in that era. The audience feels the struggles, joy, pain, and sorrow of the soldiers and their families. Gurmeet Choudhary's performance forms the backbone of the film.
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What is Paltan about?
Paltan is about one of the most famous Indian military victories albeit according to independent sources. The film depicts the Nathu La and Cho La clashes between Indian Army and the People's Liberation Army of China. They were a series of military clashes alongside the border of the Himalayan Kingdom of Sikkim, then an Indian protectorate.
The Nathu La clashes started on 11 September 1967, when the People's Liberation Army (PLA) launched an attack on Indian posts at Nathu La and lasted till 15 September 1967. In October 1967, another military duel took place at Cho La and ended on the same day. According to independent sources, the Indian forces achieved "decisive tactical advantage" and defeated the Chinese forces in these clashes. Many PLA fortifications at Nathu La were said to be destroyed] where the Indian troops drove back the attacking Chinese forces.
Accordingly, Paltan boasts of a stellar cast with Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Harshvardhan Rane, Sonal Chauhan, Gurmeet Choudhary, and Siddhanth Kapoor. Add to that, veteran filmmaker J. P. Dutta returns after a decade to wield the megaphone with this film. He is known for his surehanded directing of many patriotic war films.
What to expect from Paltan?
A Patriotic war film
Like most of the previous films of J. P. Dutta, Paltan deals with patriotism and war. In these times of questions about intolerance, the last thing India wants is war. It is the unity which helps India to prevail over various oft-blown out troubles. Paltan depicts the heroic struggle of Indian military platoon against the Chinese People's Liberation Army with advanced war machines and a higher number of soldiers. It was like a clash between David and Goliath. China created too much of trouble for the budding nation of India in 1962, the war India lost. But this time, India went toe to toe with the Northern neighbor. blind patriotism).
J. P. Dutta direction
J. P. Dutta had already given us several war films with patriotic elements (not blind patriotism) like Border and LOC Kargil etc. He is known for action films too and in regard to handling war sequences, he is second to none. His deft handling of emotions add weight to the proceedings and he has the ability to work with a huge cast.
Coming to the cast, J. P. Dutta regular and senior Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff returns to this film playing the main role of Maj. Gen. Sagat Singh, GOC Mtn Div. Alongside him are Arjun Rampal and Sony Sood. Sonal Chauhan, Harshvardhan Rane, Deepika Gill, and Esha Gupta round off the cast. Most of them are good to great actors and have several films under their belt when it comes to experience.
Grand production values
Paltan is produced by a major production like Zee Studio. And already J. P. Dutta has a hand in the know-how. So, We can be assured of a high-quality entertainment with grand visuals. All in all, Paltan promises to be a goosebump-ridden experience this weekend.
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