Paltan movie review
Cast: Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Choudhury, Siddhant Kapoor, Harshvardhan Rane
Director: JP Dutta
Producers: JP Dutta
Release Date: 7th September 2018
Critic’s Ratings: 3.5/5 (Hindustan Times)
3/5 (Times of India)
Paltan movie story: The movie is based on a true story. It is based on an incident which happened in the line of control between India and China at Nathu La Pass. This is considered as the important strategic corridor between Tibet and India. The story is about the Rajput battalion of Indian Army who is there in the border of China to defense India against Chinese counterparts in the year 1965.
Paltan Review: There is a line in the film which says India is an idea, worth dying for. This line is enough for the soldiers to keep patriotic notion for his country and to keep JP Dutta’s Paltan to march on. The film is based on the circumstances after the Indo-Sino war in the year 1962. The war is a conflict from both the Indian side and Chinese side. But the argument rises when the time came to save Sikkim from the Chinese army. They are moving forward to capture Sikkim treacherously.
The movie is filled with a bunch of young and experienced actors who have portrayed their characters very well. Director JP Dutta has shown his talents on showing a small slice of history into the screen incredibly.
The character of Lt Col. Rai Singh is played by Arjun Rampal and Major Bishen Singh is played by Sonu Sood. They have played the characters of top-ranking officers who have kept the energy of the film from first to last. Harshvardhan Rane has also played his character of a young lot passionately. The other characters listed is Gurmeet Singh Choudhary. He has done a character whose accent is a mix of Haryanvi and Rajasthani. This feels overboard. Luv Singh plays a role of Attar Singh who is very cheerful. The character of Siddhant Kapoor is not much overwhelmed. But the actors who have played the Chinese army was a bit funny. For acting in such serious situations, the actors should have been more serious, not like the caricature characters shown in the film. They are shouting ‘Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai’ which sounds a bit hilarious in that serious situation.
Paltan is shot in real locations which creates the effect of 1965 after war situations. The screenplay and story writer of the film is also done by the director JP Dutta. He writes the story in his original style. But the use of repetitive fights is unnecessary in the film. The backstories of the film are also not worthy enough. All this creates a long runtime of the film unnecessarily. There is not much emotional depth with the soldiers as it is seen in other patriotic films. All this affects the performance of the film, and it is not successful to create the desired impact on the audience. This could have been a story of more intense after war effects.
Towards the end, the movie manages to pick up with some true final moments in the screen. Some of the scenes in the movie are truly action-packed and intense. The Audience will enjoy the movie with this action-packed scenes and patriotic feelings. In the end, the director wanted to create a bittersweet effect.
Box Office: The film directed by JP Dutta has earned a total of Rs 3 crore in the box office. On the second day, the movie has managed to earn Rs 1.75 crore at the box office.