J.P. Dutta is coming up with his new project Paltan whose Trailer has been recently released. Director and Producer J.P. Dutta is known for directing some of the most influential movie depicting the war stories. Earlier, he has directed one of the most anticipated of its time that still encourages the feeling of nationality in us- ‘BORDER’ in 1997 with a huge star cast including, Sunny deol, Suniel Shetty, Akshay Khanna, Tabu, Jackie Shroff, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Raakhee, Sudesh Berry, Pooja Bhatt, and Puneet Issar. The movie was set up against the backdrop of India-Pakistan war of 1971.
The movie popularity on large scale growing up to be the second highest grossing movie of the year worldwide. In 2013, J.P. Dutta came with another war drama LOC KARGIL again with huge star cast but this time with the story of Kargil war that took place in 1999. The movie was based on the operations led by Indian Army in kargil war including, Operation Vijay and Battle of Tololing around the LINE OF CONTROL between India and Pakistan.
Now he is back with another war movie Paltan based on the Nathu La and Cho La clashes in 1967 between India and China around the Sikkim border. The movie is starring Jackie Shroff, SonuSood, Siddhanth Kapoor, Gurmeet Chaudhary, Sonal Chauhan, Luv Sinha, Harshvardhan rane, Monica Gill, Esha Gupta, and some others in lead roles. Recently, the trailer of PALTAN is released and its again giving us some strong feeling towards the love of our country and the continuous fight that handles our soldiers on border. Most part of the film has been shot in Chandigarh. Arjun Rampal Tweeted about the movie while shooting and captioned his picture:
Talking about his ambitious movie Paltan, J.P. Dutta says:
“It’s an emotional moment for everyone associated with Paltan. Having made some of the finest war dramas of all time, including the National Award-winning Border, it was my father’s dream to showcase yet another chapter from Indian history. Paltan is a tribute and a mark of respect to all those brave soldiers who died fighting for their motherland.”
Paltan was also shot at some of the most difficult regions of Ladakh. Even it was extremely harsh weather conditions in Ladakh, but still the film unit handled everything very positively and completed most part of the shoot. In an interview, SonuSood told that it was the most difficult part to shoot in Ladakh in such a dangerous weather condition:
“We are currently shooting for JP Dutta’s Paltan in Ladakh and I must say that this film is the most satisfying for me. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the director. I remember when eight-nine years ago he told me that Sonu, one day I am going to make a movie with you, and it happened after nine years.”
He further said:
“Working in a movie based on the country, soldiers and Indian border feels good. Border is one of my favorite films and I wanted to work in a film like that, and it happened after 12 years. There is less of oxygen when you are shooting in Ladakh. It becomes tough to shoot when you feel breathless every moment. But I think the whole subject and the director keep you on your toes and you give the best.”
The whole area in Ladakh is closed during winters, but it was only for the shoot of Paltan that it was opened in such a harsh weather condition. According to sources that told the team of DNA that it was about -26-degree temperature in Ladakh, but the team members completed the shoot. The entire team didn’t give up during the shoot and even local people also came up to help the team members.
The difficulties and harsh weather condition can be witnessed in the trailer. The movie is presented by Zee Studios and produced under J.P. Dutta Films. According to some other reports, the star cast of the movie completed the shoot with around 300 Indian soldiers in the rugged terrain of Ladakh. During the shoot of the Paltan, ArjunRampal and Siddhant Kapoor used to visit stupa regularly. When asked about his experience of shooting Paltan and visiting Stupa, Siddhant said:
“When you shoot for a war film, there is a very different kind of tension on the sets. Also, when you are at 14,000 feet above sea level, all you want is strength and peace. The stupas in Ladakh are beautiful and very energising. Arjun and I made it a point to visit it daily for chants.”
Ladakh is known for its picturesque locations and coarse weather conditions. Shooting a movie in this region is not a cup of tea for everyone. It takes lot of courage and determination to shoot a 56 long length days of shooting schedule in this condition. And Paltan team was determined enough to wrap up the long schedule of shoot in Ladakh. When asked about directing experience in Ladakh, J.P. Dutta said:
“We started shooting in Ladakh in October, the time of the year when the place is usually shut for tourists. We had to get special permissions to shoot during those months. The entire city was closed, but a few locals kept their hotels open for us. We had to finish shooting all the war sequences in 56 days.”
He further told about his experience:
“It was one of my most difficult shoots because of the weather. There is a lack of oxygen at higher altitudes, and it becomes tough to shoot when you’re feeling breathless. My actors had to do some extensive action sequences under those conditions. And I am glad that the entire cast and crew were so supportive. To keep themselves fit, the actors would run 4 km in sub-zero temperatures every day. They were all driven by passion, as if they were fighting a real war.”