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Exit JP Dutta, enter Rohit Jugraj

Bollywood director JP Dutta is long forgotten for his war movies. Now, Rohit Jugraj and Sanjay Dutt are set to produce 21 Battle of Saragarhi based on the battle fought during the Tirah Campaign on September 12, 1897.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2008 12:56 IST
Vajir Singh

Forget J P Dutta’s L O C. Now director Rohit Jugraj is planning a war movie with as many as 21 leading actors. So far, only Sanjay Dutt who’s also co-producing the project has confirmed his participation.

Titled 21 Battle of Saragarhi, it will recreate the battle fought during the Tirah Campaign on September 12, 1897.

Dutt’s the way Twenty-one Sikhs of the Fourth Battalion (then called the 36th Sikhs) of the Sikh regiment of British India, defended an army post against 10,000 Afghan and Orakzai tribesmen. The battle was fought in the North-West Frontier Province, now a part of Pakistan.

“The contingent of the 21 Sikhs was led by Havaldar Ishar Singh. Dutt will be playing the role. Even though they all met with a bloody end, each Sikh killed more than 195 people before they took their last breath,” recounts Jugraj.

Jugraj is ready with the script but the film will take off only in 2010. Explaining the long gap, Jugraj says, “First, it’s a period film and second, it will be made on a mammoth scale. We need at least a year of pre-production.”

Bunty Walia is co-producing the film with Dutt. There are plans to rope in six big names. The others will be well-known supporting actors.