Punjab chief minister (CM) Amarinder Singh on Monday said he would urge the Union defence minister to simplify and expedite clearances required for shooting war movies and biopics on war heroes.

Amarinder made this assurance to producer-director JP Dutta, when the latter called on the CM, along with the team of his next movie, Paltan.

The movie is centered around the 1967 India-China clashes at Nathu La (Sikkim). Dutta, who is currently shooting for the movie in Punjab, said film-makers were seriously constraint by the fact that multiple clearances were required while making defence-related movies.

This led to major delays, often deterring film-makers from making such movies, said Dutta. Sharing the film-maker’s concern, the CM said he would raise the issue with the defence minister.

It was in the interest of the defence forces as such movies could help inspire youngsters to join the armed forces, said Amarinder, himself an ex-Army official and a military historian.

Dutta, who has given the film industry some of the best war dramas of all time, including the National Award winning Border, thanked the chief minister for hosting him and his team for lunch. Dutta was accompanied by Sonu Sood, Arjun Rampal, Sonal Chauhan, Monica Gill, Gautam, Nidhi Dutta, Gurmeet Choudhary, Luv Sinha and Harshvardhan Rane.