Patriotic and powerful, this multi-layered war drama is set against the backdrop of the 1999 Kargil War (Operation Vijay) around the LOC or Line of control between India and Pakistan and delves into the tremendous struggle and sacrifice of Indian soldiers, whose bravery ensure that India secured all its captured territories from the adversary.
This patriotic war drama delves into the trials and triumphs in the life of a cross-section of Indian soldiers whose contribution to the Indian armed services ensured that India won the 1999 Kargil War against Pakistan.
The movie highlights the stories of incredibly brave soldiers like Vikram Batra (Abhishek Bachchan), a daredevil soldier who won Param Vir Chakra for his bravery. Manoj Pandey (Ajay Devgan), a poet by nature laid his life and was bestowed with Param Vir Chakra too. Lt. Balwant Singh (Akshaye Khanna) was awarded the Mahaveer Chakra. Major Deepak Rampal (Sanjay Kapoor) was on leave when the call for war came. He was the backbone of the unit, awarded Vir Chakra. Lt. Col. Y. K. Joshi (Sanjay Dutt), a daredevil soldier was too awarded the Vir Chakra. Captain Anuj Nayyar (Saif Ali Khan) for whom death was just another game lived his life and was awarded with Mahaveer Chakra.
This multi-layered tale follows their actions during various strategic battles during the war, highlighting how individual contributions lead to India reclaiming its territories and ensuring victory against its aggressive adversity.
Continuity When Capt. Anuj Nayyar, attacks the Pakistani soldiers, it is daytime. But in the next shot it is completely dark.
Just like J. P. Dutta's previous war movie Border (1997), the Indian Military provided technical and material assistance during the production and filming of this movie. Weapons used in Kargil War like different variants of INSAS rifle family as well as the Famous Swedish Bofors artillery guns and BM-21 multiple rocket launchers. Air Force planes like Jaguars in bombing role and helicopters like Mi-17s and Cheetah were shown in casualty evacuation roles. Pakistani artillery shown were Indian field guns and 81 mm mortars. SLR stood for G3 rifles used by Pakistani Army.
The most expensive Hindi movie made (December 2003).
Tusshar was first offered Karan Naths role.
Shahrukh khan was first offered role of Sanjay Dutt but things couldn't worked out.
One of the longest films in the world with its 4 hour 15 minute-long screen play. Based on the story of Indian soldiers at Kargil and their war efforts against Pakistan (Operation Vijay), the movie attempted to give each character a good background story.
Real ammunition and weapons were used in this movie. Real Bofors FH-77B artillery were shown but the firing sequences were stock footage.
With a running time of 255 minutes, it is one of the longest Indian films ever made and fifth in terms of running time.
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