Soldiers gear up for battle on a snow-clad mountainous terrain in the 24-second teaser of JP Dutta’s Paltan. The war drama is based on the 1967 clashes between Indian military forces and the Chinese Army at Nathu-La and Cho La. The battle took place on the border alongside Sikkim, which was an Indian protectorate at the time, and is said to have ended in victory for India five years after its defeat in the 1962 war. Paltan is scheduled to be released on September 7.
Produced by Zee Studios and JP Dutta Films, Paltan has an ensemble cast that includes Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Choudhary, Harshvardhan Rane and Siddhant Kapoor.
Paltan is Dutta’s first film in 12 years. His last release was Umrao Jaan (2006). Dutta has previously directed the war films Border (1997) and LOC Kargil (2003).
Other upcoming Bollywood war movies include the Akshay Kumar-starrer Kesari, on the 1897 Battle of Saragarhi between soldiers from the British Indian Army and Afghani tribesmen, and Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Panipat, starring Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kirti Sanon. Gowarikar’s film is on the Third Battle of Panipat between Maratha troops and Afghan forces.