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Kargil Vijay Diwas: JP Dutta recalls why he felt compelled to make LOC Kargil

Filmmaker JP Dutta talks about the incident during the filming of LOC Kargil that he will never forget; and the biggest compliment that he ever received for making the film.

bollywood Updated: Jul 26, 2017 14:03 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Filmmaker JP Dutta talks about the time he directed LOC Kargil.

On the 18th Kargil Vijay Divas, we talk to filmmaker JP Dutta, who made the film LOC Kargil (2003), which portrayed the story of the war that India fought with Pakistan in 1999.

Talking about what brought forward the idea, he says,”When I heard the details about the war from the armed forces... and the fact that the Indian army had to climb the mountains while the enemy was on top... and the sheer endeavour and bravery shown by our infantry by knocking them off the peaks of our mountains inspired me to make the film and made me realise that this story must be told.”

He adds, “There are many incidents during the film that are memorable as it was the toughest film I have ever had to shoot. We owe everything to the men that lay down their lives for us. May they all be in peace”

The film, that had an ensemble cast of Sanjay Dutt, Ayyub Khan, Ajay Devgn, Suniel Shetty, Saif Ali Khan and Abhishek Bachchan, had many incidents which stayed with him.

A still from the film LOC Kargil.

“The most memorable incident is that during a sequence where the wounded soldiers were being put into the helicopters, we had live helicopters flying in and the actors had to put the stretchers inside these huge flying machines and the blades of the choppers ended up creating a sand storm of sorts and there was zero visibility but the actors kept the scene going and the cameras kept rolling and we got a brilliant shot,” says the director, who is also known for his war film Border (1997).

While the film brought the life of soldiers on screen, this film also gave Dutta the biggest compliment of his life.

“At the premiere of the movie, Captain Vijayant Thapar’s mother (a martyr in the Kargil war) came on stage and thanked me for bringing her son alive for 3 hours. That is the biggest compliment I have ever received in my life,” he says.

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First Published: Jul 26, 2017 13:56 IST