J P Dutta’s ‘Paltan’ shot in Ladakh for 56 days!
The filmmaker started with Border and LOC Kargil. Based on the Nathu La military clashes of 1967 which took place along the Sikkim border, Paltan showcases an untold story of the Indian forces facing off in an intense battle to ward off a Chinese infiltration.
The director, known to make war drama films, is all set to complete the war trilogy with Paltan releasing in September. The filmmaker started with Border and LOC Kargil. Based on the Nathu La military clashes of 1967 which took place along the Sikkim border, Paltan showcases an untold story of the Indian forces facing off in an intense battle to ward off a Chinese infiltration.
Touted to be one of the biggest war movies, the makers shot for 56 days in Ladakh, which is the longest period a movie has ever been shot in that region. The film was shot in inclement weather conditions, when the temperature in Ladakh hovered around - 20 degrees at night. The makers sought the permissions to shoot for the film after September and finished all the war sequences within the two months allotted to them.
Confirming the same, JP Dutta shares, “We started shooting in Ladakh in October, the time of the year when it’s usually shut. We got special permissions to shoot during those months. The entire city was closed and the localities start moving south but a few locals kept their hotels open for us. We had to finish the war sequences from start to end during this period and shot extensively for 56 days.”
Sharing his experience of shoot in Ladakh, JP shares, “It was one of the most difficult shoots so far because of the weather. There is less of oxygen. It becomes tough to shoot when you feel breathless every moment and my actors were doing extensive action sequences. But I was so glad that the entire cast and crew were supportive and the actors kept themselves fit and used to run for 4 km even in minus temperatures. They were all driven by the passion to shoot and got completely into the skin of their characters as if fighting in a real war.” The war drama stars Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Choudhary, Harshvardhan Rane and others.