Paltan Is What Needs To Be Said On Indo-China Relations, We Need Peace: JP Dutta

| September 4 , 2018 , 12:34 IST

Relations between India and China have improved since the Doklam stand-off in 2017, however are not as close as they were before the Doklam incident. Filmmaker J P Dutta, whose next film Paltan is based on clashes between India and China in 1967, said on Tuesday that he has expressed whatever needs to be said on Indo-China relations and emphasised that peace was needed with China as well as with Pakistan.

"I don't make films for the box office. I make the film I want to, without compromise. The rest is up to God. In 'Paltan' I've said what needs to put out there on screen about Indo-China relations. Among my war films 'Border' was a blockbuster but 'LOC Kargil' didn't work. But I am equally proud of both. Among my films set in the Rajasthan deserts 'Ghulami' did well. But 'Batwara', 'Yateem' and 'Kshatriya' didn't do that well. It doesn't mean these three film are any less valuable to my repertoire," JP Dutta said to IANS.

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"It is that favourite child who doesn't do that well in his studies but is nonetheless a favourite," he said.

"We must stop thinking about fighting with China or Pakistan. We need peace to prevail if we are to survive in this era of mass destruction," said JP Dutta.

Regarding his 12-year-long hiatus after his 2006 film Umrao Jaan film, JP Dutta said "This film's failure hit me hard. Was it because people expected me to make only war films all my life? I did withdraw into a shell for 12 years. My father(writer O P Dutta)'s death made me even more of a loner. He wrote all my films. He was my father,friend , mentor and creative collaborator. Without him I felt orphaned. I didn't want to direct any films."

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He added that it was his two daughters Nidhi and Siddhi who brought him back to filmmaking.

"They took charge of me, told me to snap out of my stupor because there are many films to be made. My younger Siddhi had assisted me in 'Paltan'. As for Nidhi she is my backbone, my pillar of strength. 'Paltan' couldn't have been made if it wasn't for Nidhi."

The film Paltan, written, directed and produced by J P Dutta is based on the 1967 Nathu La and Cho La clashes along the Sikkim border that took place after the 1962 India-China war, known as the Indo-Sino war.

Paltan boasts of an ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Choudhary, Harshvardhan Rane, Siddhant Kapoor, Luv Sinha, Esha Gupta, Sonal Chauhan, Deepika Kakar and Monica Gill. The film Paltan is set to release on September 7, 2018 and will clash with Imtiaz Ali's Laila Majnu at the box office.