Film: Paltan
Genre: Drama, History
Director: J P Dutta

Cast: Jackie Shroff, Sonu Sood, Arjun Rampal, Luv Sinha, Harshvardhan Rane

Set against the backdrop of the Nathu La military clashes of 1967 which took place along the Sikkim border, 'Paltan' weaves an intriguing tale of patriotism. It narrates the story of the Indian armed forces facing off their enemies in an intense battle.

The Indian army soldiers must prevent Chinese infiltration and keep marching on. The film begins soon after the Indo-Sino war in 1962.

Director JP Dutta takes us to ground zero as he tries to recreate the challenges faced by Indian brave hearts to save Sikkim and eventually defeat them the Chinese.

The feeling of patriotism is relevant in every scene. The director leaves no stone unturned to ensure that the scenes are shot in real locations.

A loophole in the narrative is, however, the half-baked backstories of some characters. Even the camaraderie between the soldiers lacks depth. This reduces the impact and eventually the story seems superficial.

An ensemble cast puts forth a gritty performance and does justice to their roles. Shroff as Major General Jagat Singh is powerful in his portrayal. Rampal and Sood play majors who lead the platoon and are convincing in their roles.

The climax of the film is packed with action and is gripping. The movie gives you the sweet taste of victory and will make you feel proud to be an Indian, long after you have left the theatre.