Paltan Movie Review

Paltan: J.P. Dutta has developed a liking for making war movies

Paltan is J.P. Dutta’s third ambitious flick after Border (1990) and LOC Kargil (2003). This war drama is based on the real-life events of 1967 Nathu La and Cho La Clashes along the Sikkim border.

Story of Paltan

The Nathu La and Cho La clashes happened on 11 September and 1 October 1967 respectively. The People Liberation Army of China objected to Indian soldiers fencing Nathu La and opened fire when the Indian army continued fencing work despite fierce objections by their Chinese counterparts. In Cho La, the Chinese troops infiltrated into Indian-side of the borderwithout any provocation. The movie depicts the untold story of Chinese trespassing into the India side again and again and how Indian soldiers drove the Chinese away.

Highlights of the movie

  • The music as melodious as it was in Border
  • The movie has an impressive star cast including Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal and Sonu Sood and Esha Gupta, Sonal Chauhan and Monica Gill
  • The female characters have little role to play
  • The film was shot in the tough terrain of Ladakh
  • Real guns and bullets were used in suiting
  • Soldiers from the Indian army are acting in the movie
  • It shows why China continues to be a thorn in the eyes of the Indian army

Paltan First Look & Poster

The poster reminds viewers about the1997 movie Border. It bears the J.P. Dutta’s impression. It has maximum stars and prominent of the stars showing their faces in the poster are Arjun Rampal and Sonu Sood. In the background, there are more soldiers. A battlefield like scene is created with impressive color effect.


Why watch the movie?

It is a patriotic movie based on the history of the Indian army. The audiences would like the way the war scene is created. Also, it is the history in the making.


  • P. Dutta makes a comeback to direction after a decade
  • Real soldiers acted in the movie
  • Indian army trained the actors for a war scene
  • Important scenes were shot near India-China border.

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