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Line of Control - Kargil
Director: J.P. Dutta
Cast:
Saif Ali Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty, Sanjay Kapoor, Esha Deol, Rani Mukerji & Kareena Kapoor
Film Information: Blood and violence

Length:
4hrs 07mins
Release:
26th December 2003 by Eros International
12 cert camera
LoC Poster
A scene from J.P. Dutta's war epic LoC
J P Dutta's technical handling of this 4 hour war epic deserves full marks.
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The film opens on the young men as they get summoned for the Kargil conflict. Some are on leave whilst others still on duty.

As each member joins the battalion, the film goes into a flashback. This provides an excellent means of introducing the characters for this war epic.

We get an insight into the private lives of their families. These include mothers, wives, fiancés and girlfriends.

As these men leave for war, the women bid a teary farewell in a scene depicted in the form of a sad song sequence.

Post intermission concentrates on the horror of war and the impact it has on the individuals' lives as they struggle for their survival.

J. P. Dutta has produced, written, directed and even edited this film. As usual he has given his best on the technical front.

The musical score by Anu Malik is melodious. This is further boosted by Javed Akhtar's lyrics.

Bhikhu Verma's action sequences deserve full credit. The reality of Verma's action scenes in this war drama is further enhanced by Karim Khatri's cinematography of the rugged terrains and the icy locales of Leh.

J.P. Dutta managed to use real weapons in the film to make the war sequences more realistic.

The film consists of a 13 minute song sequence, the longest ever screened on the Hindi silver screen.

Among the actors present the ones that stand out include Saif Ali Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan and Kareena Kapoor.

If you thought Dutta's previous flicks, Border and Refugee were good, this one is even better as far as film production is concerned.

The only drawback is its length but an intermission halfway breaks the monotony of seating continuously for 4 hours.

Overall, LoC does portray the gruesome reality of the war. A must see. It will give you a jolt in your seats!

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar, BBC Shropshire’s Mr Bollywood.
 
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