Dutt, Ajay Devgan, Saifali Khan, Suniel Shetty, Abhishek Bachchan,
Akshaye Khanna, Manoj Bajpai, Sanjay Kapoor, Karan Nath, Nagarjun,
Himanshu Malik, Ashutosh Rana, Armaan Kohili, Bickram Saluja, Sudesh
Berry, Kiran Kumaar, Amar Updhyay, Milind Gunaji, Ayub Khan, Puru Raaj
Kumaar, Raj Babbar, Ashish Vidyarthi, Sharad Kapoor, Mohinish Behl,
Avtar Gill, with Esha Deol, Kareena Kapoor, Mahima Chaudhury, Rani
Mukerjee, Namrata Shriodkor,
Raveena Tandon, Preeti Jhangiani, Priga Gill, Divya Dutta, Isha
Direction : J.P. Dutta
Music: Anu Malik
Dutta has always been a film maker who thinks BIG and achieves
BIG....although he never got his full due at the boxoffice with films
like YATEEM, HATHYAR, BATWARA and KSHATRIYA until BORDER happened
which turned out to be a boxoffice spinner and revived the war genre.
His last release didn't live upto expectations but Dutta is now back
with a movie that is not only the biggest movie of his entire
career....but one of the biggest movies that has ever been made...Does
LINE OF CONTROL live upto expectations?For the most YES!
those who aren't aware LINE OF CONTROL brings to the fore 1999's
brutal and frightening war of Kargil. The film shows depicts the
realities of war like no other as he soldiers fight in what was one of
the most deadliest and victorius battle ever fought by
India...Operation Vijay. The aim of the operation was to kick out the
infiltrators by capturing the major posts in the border
region where the Pakistani army had taken control.....the
biggest post they had to capture was TIGER HILL. How the soldiers
gained victory and the sacrifices they made forms the crux of the
a filmmaker LINE OF CONTROL is no doubt Duttas biggest film to date
with one of the biggest casts in Bollywood history...it is no easy
feat for a filmaker to make a film of this nature.....give each
character the right amount of footage....show the realities of
war....and keep true to the facts and for the most Mr.Dutta succeeds.
Right from the start of the movie the film moves full swing into the heart of the action and shows our jawans fighting the war. Dutta has gone into grave detail showing how each of the posts were won and the sacrifces made before Tiger Hill was finally won and the Indian flag was raised high on Tiger Hill.
all the soldiers fighting there is always a loved one thats left
behind and Dutta shows us some insight into the lives of the soldiers
as the film progresses. But inlike BORDER where the characters were
all introduced at the start alongwith their love stories with the
actual war taking control in the second half...Dutta here has started
the movie with war, blood and gore throughout and throwing us flashes
of the love stories of the soldiers in between.
works well for the most in the first half, but in the second half this
works as a pacebreaker as the pace slackens until it gets to the final
hour. Also the running length of the film is 4 hours surplus and a
tighter second half would've been much better for the film. On the
other hand Dutta must be given credit as the film does manage to
retain the viewers interest throughout and the emotional impact of the
movie is hammerstrong. The film does feel like a documentary at times
due to the fact that Dutta has gone into the minutest detail to show
us each glorious battle and which regiment won it.
plays a major factor in the movie and that is remained throughout.
From the costumes, to the locales to the artillery and gun power used
to the language used by the soldiers.....Dutta makes sure he brings us
war at its worst! Also the manner in which Dutta shows us how each
battle was won makes the viewer feel at times they are watching a
documentary. So accurate are the details of what occured when and
times the viewer feels like they are actually IN the Kargil war
following each and every soldiers actions....A point to note is that
most of the soldiers shown in LINE OF CONTROL are based on real life
soldiers some of who aren't with us today and Dutta makes sure he
gives full justice to almost all of the cast which is not an easy feat
and to add to that even the death of soldier is accurate and true to
life! What you see onscreen is what really happened...talk about
a filmaker Dutta has given his heart and soul into the movie and kudos
to Mr. Dutta for making LOC-Kargil which by all means is a classic
despite its shortcoming in the narrative department at times...
to the characters and performances....
Sanjay Dutt as Lt Yogesh Kumaar Joshi aka Y.K Joe plays his part with elan. As a hardcore Sanjay Dutt fan i must admit that i was disappointed with the footage that Dutt had onscreen keeping in mind that he had a leading role Dutt has only a few scenes where he gets scope. Although his presence is felt every time he is onscreen with his larger than life image, his character isn't given as much screentime as most of the other cast members. Dutt here is restrained for the most and lets his eyes do the speaking for him. Hard to believe this is the same actor who last week played Munnabhai with such ease and here as Y.K Joe Dutt portrays his character with just as much ease..
Devgan as Lt Manoj Kumaar Panday gives a excellent performance. He
gets ample scope to perform his character and this is a performance
that will be loved by the viewer. His dialogue delivery, facial
expressions and screen presence are flawless and Devgan plays the role
of Manoj Pandey with flourish. The dialogues uttered by Devgan are
spectacular and will find major public support, ditto for the scene
where him and his battalion win their first victory in Khalubar and
also his death scene. The real Manoj Pandey was awarded a Param Vir
Charka and Ajay Devgan makes Manoj Pandey proud by superbly bringing
his larger than life character to life!
Khan as Captain Anuj Nayyar gives us yet another brilliant
performance after KAL HO NA HO! By now there should be no doubt that
Saifali Khan is a force to reckon with and he makes his presence
thoroughly felt in LINE OF CONTROL. To his credit he is backed with a
authorbacked role and plays his role to a hilt. He is an absolute
natural and his dialogues, romance scenes and in the end his death
scene will be remembered for sure. Anuj was presented with a Mahavir
Shetty plays rifleman Sanjay Kumaar and plays his part with ease.
Suniel Shetty is at his best when he plays a soldier as witnessed in
BORDER , REFUGEE and JUNLGE and with LINE OF CONTROL he further proves
that fact. As Sanjay Kumaar he gives a near flawless account of
himself and makes the most of the footage he is given which is not all
that much. The scene where
he interacts with Abhishek and asks him to take care of his
family and also when he takes the 2 barrels of gun into his own hands
and captures the bunker is spectacular(based on a true life event).
Sanjay Kumar was latter presented with a Param Vir Chakra.
Abhishek Bachchan as Vikram Batra gives the best performance of his career. The usual stiffness that is usually there with Bachchan Jnr in most films is gone and as Vikram he gives a natural and effortless performance. He has one of the meatier roles in the movie and performs his absolute best. His playful nature and patriotic passion comes across extremely well onscreen and Abhishek is definetly suited to action films as he makes for a ace action hero. Abhisheks death scene is extremely heartfelt (literally) as Vikram Batra was shot through the heart in REEL and REAL life. The scene where there is dialogue interplay between Abhishek and the Pakistani soldiers and they ask for Madhuri is excellent and well recieved by the audience. Batra was presented with a Param Vir Chakra.
Khanna plays Lt Balwaan Singh from Haryana. Right from his
entrance Akshaye Khanna makes his presence felt in the movie with a
performance that is natural to the core. Khanna keeps reminding the
viewer that he is a natural born actor and he plays his character to a
hilt. His dialogues are excellent and his flamboyant and patriotic
character has been well captured by Khanna. The scene where he brings
extra bullets instead of food captures the essence of his character
and Khanna manages to add another feather in his cap with LOC. Balwaan
Singh was presented with the Mahavir Chakra
Bajpai plays Grenadier Yogesh Singh Yadav. As a newly wedded
soldier Bajpai perfectly captures the essence of his character
flawlessley. Without a doubt one of the best performances in the
entire enterprise Bajpai is just fantastic and makes his presence felt
in the movie throughout. His chemistry with Ashutosh Rana is fantastic
and their scenes in the movie are some of the best in the entire
movie. The scene where Bajpai continues to fight despite being heavily
injured will be well recieved and Bajpai in succeeds in extracting
teams from the audience with a heartfelt performance. A definite
shoe-in for Best Supporting Actor.
Singh Yadav was awarded a Param Vir Chakra
plays Major Deepak Rampal. With his entire get-up Kapoor looks
a lot like his brother Anil which is not a bad thing at all. Kapoor is
confident throughout and makes his presence felt in the movie. His
head strong spirit is well captured and despite limited footage Kapoor
does well. Deepak Rampal was awarded a Veer Chakra
Nath as Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari gives a heartfelt performance.
He is one of the first to get bumped off in the movie and his death
scene will be remebered despite limited footage. Singh was awarded a
Mahavir Chakra .
Rana as Rifleman Yogender Singh is fantastic! His loud and comic
character comes off well onscreen and the chemistry he shares with
Manoj Bajpai is smashing. His death scene is heartfelt.
plays Major Padmapani Acharya and doesn't get much scope to perform.
His scenes are limited in the movie and he doesn't manage to leave
much of an impact. Acharya was awarded a Mahavir Chakra. Himanshu
Malik plays Major Vivek Gupta. His scenes are also limited and he
fails to leave much of a mark in a small role.Gupta was also awarded a
Kohili plays Major Vikas Vohra. Kohili plays his part to a hilt
and looks the part he plays. He delivers his lines well and is best
suited to a war film. This isn't exactly the kind of role that is
going to catapult him to stardom. Vohra was awarded the Vir Chakra.
Saluja plays Major Sanjeev Jamwal with the right amount of
conviction. He forms a good alliance with the rest of the cast and
shares natural chemistry. Jamwal was also awarded a Vir Chakra.
Berry plays Col Lalit Rai. Berry been a regular in Dutta films after
his stint in BORDER and he leaves his mark here. His die hard attitude
and patriotic character comes off extremely well onscreen and Berry
mabages to hold his own in the multi-cast. The scenes he shares with
Ajay Devgan are superb and his dialogue delivery is fantastic. Rai was
awarded a Vir Chakra
Kumar plays Col Umesh Singh Bawa. He plays his part with ease and his
get-up is fantastic. Bawa was awarded the Vir Chakra. Amar
Upadhyay plays Lt Vijaynath Thapar. Like Nagarjun he gets limited
scope and fails to leave much of a mark. Thapar was awarded a Vir
Gunaji plays Cpt Rajesh Adhau and perform ably in a small role. Adhau
was awarded the Sena Medal. Ayub
Khan plays Major P.S Jhangu
and leaves a mark. The chemistry he shares with his co-stars is
brilliant and his death scene is well shot. Puru
Raaj Kumaar is sincere in a his role and makes his mark felt.
Babbar plays Col Kushal Thakur. As the leader of the 18 grenadiers
Babbar gets a significant role and makes the most of it. Its been a
while since Babbar was last seen on the bigscreen and he gives a good
account of himself. Thakur was awarded the Yudh Seva Medal
Vidyarthi plays M.B Ravindranath. As the leader of the Rajputana
Rifles Vidyarthi doesn't get much scope to perform in a otherwise
heroic role. The scene he shares with Sanjay Dutt is good, but apart
from that his scope it limited. Ravindranath was awarded the Vir
Kapoor gets NO scope at all to perform and i dont even think he got
one line to utter. Mohinish
Behl gives a mature performance and is heartfelt. Avtar Gill has no
the leading ladies in the movie have limited scope as the entire focus
of the movie is on the soldiers and war! The ladies are there just to
show the fact that LOVE IS BEAUTIFUL and WAR IS UGLY!
Kapoor performs ably in her role and looks gorgeous. Her scenes
with Saif are well canned and she acts naturally without going
Deol also gets scope to perform. She performs ably and is looking
extremely gorgeous! Her chemistry with Abhishek is crackling.
Chaudhury doesn't have much to do in a small role and same applies
Raveena Tandon, Preeti Jhangiani, Priya Gill, Divya Dutta and Isha
Kopikkar. These beautiful girls have to look sad and cry and they
manage to do that perfectly.
Shriodkor is good in her role and manages to leave her mark.Rani
Mukerjees performance is heartfelt and will get the most sympathy.
the film is a milestone in Bollywood. Dutta has left no stones
unturned in making this war film look like the real thing. To the
bullets zipping into the soldiers eyes, to the blood spurting out the
action is as real as it gets. The action scenes are all authentic and
the minutest details have been gone into each of the battle scenes.
From the use of the smallest gun, to the hand to hand combat scenes to
the heavy artillery Bhikhu Verma has done a fantastic job with the
action scenes. To direct the action scenes for a film of this nature
requires a lot of patience and determination is needed just keeping in
mind the sheer magnitude of the cast.Verma has gone into extra effort
to make sure the death scenes of the soldiers are portrayed in such a
way the audience remembers them. Personally i felt there was a scope
for a bit more different action and Verma could have introduced the
slo-mo action sequences too.
by Karim Khatri is first rate! The film has the look of a sweeping
epic made by the likes of Mehmoob Khan and David Lean.
Duttas dialogues are the highlight of the movie. The patriotic
dialogues delivered by the soldiers certainly stir thre patriotic
passion in the viewer till no end. Dutta isn't afraid to point out
that Pakistan is the enemy and constant names are referred to Pakistan
as a nation and the people(e.g the rats, benchod, madarchod etc).
authencity of the swear words are also brilliant and one wishes the
censor had allowed toe swearing to be shown instead of the sound of
bullets everytime a soldier swears.
thing is for sure.....J.P Dutta definetly isn't out to make peace with
Musically this is arguably Anu Maliks richest album to date. He has rendered a classical album that is by all means a absolute classic. The picturisations of the songs will make the viewer tearyeyed as most of the songs are tragic.
BULAYEN TUJHE CHAL RAHE is brilliantly executed and well placed. MAIN
KAHIN BHI RAHOON is another gem and leaves a hammerstrong impact.
PYAAR BHARA GEET and KHUSH REHNA have both been combined into one song
and the song has been well picturised. One wonders why PYAAR BHARA
GEET was mainly shot on Saif, Ajay and Abhishek with the rest of the
cast being sidelined? The best song comes at the end of the movie with
EK SAATHI AUR BHI THA. The song will make the viewer cry and the
visuals that follow the song are simply astounding. Jaaved Akhtars
lyrics are worthy of a National Award and are the best i have heard in
my entire lifetime!
Goswamis costumes are well designed and very traditional.
where does that leave LINE OF CONTROL? Although it may not be the
classic that it was made out to be LINE OF CONTROL is without a doubt
one helluva movie ride. It may not be everyones cup of tea and after
watching the movie viewer feels drained mentally and emotionally. Mr
Dutta throws us in dead in the middle of the Kargil war and tells us
the bare facts how they are...WAR IS UGLY!
film is definetly worth a watch just for the sheer magnitude of the
cast.....the epic scale on which the story is told....the touching
music...and above to all as a tribute to those soldiers who gave their
lives for us.....
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