A war movie based on 1967 Indo-China skirmish over Sikkim is an affair of what the situation was back then, what they sacrificed and somewhat a childish game between the soldier who try to poke each other in a rather funny way.
A true story from the chapters of our history that should’ve made us feel angered and agonized but it left us quite cracked up. Director JP Dutta failed to make the audience feel extreme patriotism in their hearts as usually war based movies do.
Paltan starts with a mailman on his cycle delivering letters to the families of those who died in the backstabbing of the Chinese. It is pretty intense, as he delivers the letter one by one, in the dead silence of night but soon covers in loud cry.
It then shows us what went down back in 1962 and how it angered not only Rajputs but every other solider who lost a brother, father, or son in that brutal warfare.
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The story loosely revolves around Harshvardhan Rane, Gurmeet Chourdhary, Sonu Sood and Arjun Rampal, their backstories, sacrifices and bravery. This movie can be said to be like Shawshank Redemption as only the last 5 minutes are exciting, plus good dialogues.
It was quite shocking to know National Anthem wasn’t a part of this war movie, which could’ve added the intense patriotic feeling we always feel. Background score was also pretty much absent in most parts of the movie. It also had some major technicality issues. Even the cinematography seemed boring, no real efforts were visible in this flick, only the actors pulled this one off.
The spark in this dull war movie were Harshvardhan Rane and Gurmeet Chowdhary, they were rather surprising in their respective roles. They picked up the right accents and were really good in terms of acting. I was hugely disappointed to as why Arjun Rampal, the one who nailed it with “Daddy”, wasn’t at his best in the film.
Rest of the cast did a good job but other aspects failed their efforts. “Hindi-Chini bhai bhai” got the biggest laughs in the movie, especially the game of who gets the land was really ridiculous. It could’ve been shown in a different light.
Paltan will be like a history chapter that kids might enjoy but adults will surely bunk it.
We give it 2 stars with a kink.
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