STORY: Let your mind cast back to 1965, when Indo- China relations werenâ€™t as cordial, and potential warfare over Nathula had our soldiers pull up their socks for the worst.
Paltan revolves around the same premise with the director J.P. Dutta projecting the initial challenges faced by the Platoons with the Chinese, their steps taken in power so as to protect the country from yet another defeat after 1962 and ultimately, unfurling the flag of victory in this Indo-China war.
REVIEW: Well, honestly, while the story didnâ€™t have a lot to say, if not more, three-fourth of the film will leave you with less action and more dialogues and only in the last half an hour will you witness the real war after 2 hours of other planning and plotting strategies.
There existed little vigour, zest and thrill of a movie that involves our army, when in fact, movies of such sort involuntarily instil our feelings of patriotism within.
ACTING: With an ensemble cast starring Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Jackie Shroff, Gurmeet Choudhary and Siddhant Kapoor, in place of having the performances scale up with such performers, I saw a tad bit of an overacting there.
It seems dragged to a point when you would literally be waiting for the war to be shown. I felt as if the entire film was primarily based on the procedure or the steps taken to a war than an actual war film.
DIRECTION: The direction was decent with a few glitches. Coming from the director of LOC Kargil, youâ€™d expect more from him.
FINAL VERDICT: A totality of all the aspects make it an average watch with little engrossment and engagement in the film that doesnâ€™t amount to a great movie.
So, I would rate this film 2.5 out of 5 stars.