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JP Dutta’s Paltan characters are inspired by real soldiers

SNS | New Delhi |

Veteran filmmaker JP Dutta’s war drama Paltan will showcase the stories of real-life soldiers who fought in 1967. Arjun Rampal plays the role of Col Rai Singh, who was commanding a unit at the border outpost at Nathu La when the Chinese attacked.

Gurmeet Choudhary plays Captain Prithvi Singh Dagar, the officer-in-charge of a party ordered to strengthen the wire laying party opposite South shoulder at Nathu La. Sonu Sood has stepped into the shoes of Major Bishan Singh, who comes from a traditional Rajput family with an Army background.

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Harshwardhan Rane plays Major Harbhajan Singh who bayoneted three Chinese soldiers and then moved forward to silence their light machine gun.

Major Bishan Singh was all praises for the makers, saying, “It felt great to watch the trailer of Paltan. JP Dutta has displayed his sharp intellect and skill of translating real-life battle sequences onto the screen beautifully. Such war movies inspire our nation’s youngsters to join the army and serve the nation. A lot of research has been done to bring to light the real facts, which marked a turning point in the history of the Indian Army after the debacle of 1962.”

Director JP Dutta says, “Most of my films are based on the Army and the real-life clashes that took place. Paltan came to me as a story I didn’t know, and I wondered why it had not been told till now. It was difficult to dramatise and make it as masaledaar as possible, but I preferred to forego that and stay as true to events as possible.”

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With power-packed performances, the film promises to tell the riveting, untold story of the bravest of Indian soldiers. The upcoming drama stars an ensemble cast of Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Choudhary, Harshvardhan Rane and Siddhant Kapoor, among others. Paltan is slated for release on 7 September.