Paltan: Real guns from 1967 war used in JP Dutta's next!

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By HT

Mumbai, Aug. 14 -- JP Dutta's upcoming war drama Paltan, used real guns from 1967 to give the film an authentic touch. The director who is known to make war drama films is all set to complete his war trilogy with Paltan. 

Apart from Paltan, Dutta has also made Border (1997) and LOC Kargil (2003). Based on the Nathu La military clashes of 1967 which took place along the Sikkim border, Paltan showcases the story of the Indian forces battling a Chinese infiltration.

The veteran film-maker has reportedly used real arms and guns which were used by the soldiers in the Indian Army during the 1967 war. The Ministry of Defence had stored them in their archives and sourced them out for the film.

Confirming the news, Dutta says, "The Indo-China war of 1962 was all about deceit where two of our battalions were wiped out by the Chinese. In 1967 when we faced them again at Nathu La, it was time we avenged the soldiers that died in '62." 

Dutta says that trying to recreate those times today to shoot required a lot of research. 

He explains: "Those were different times so the weaponry and artillery used by the army were different from what they use currently. To make the war sequences look completely authentic and real in the movie, the army helped us with real guns such as MMG Rifle, LMG Rifle, Rocket launchers, 303 Rifles, etc. They sourced it especially for us from their archives and they were used under complete surveillance and guidance by an Army officer assigned by them. The gunshots and fire sequences shown in the movie are created in real while we were shooting for the war scenes extensively in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir."