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Movie Review: LOC Kargil

Genre: Action/Patriotic

Producer & Director: J.P Dutta
Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Khanna, Sanjay Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Suneil Shetty, Nagarjuna, Manjoj Bajpai, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Raveena Tandon
Music: Anu Malik

Storyline:

The film spanning 4-odd hours covers in adequate details the happenings at the Kargil sector near the LOC in 1999 when the pakistani infiltrators had crossed the LOC and had entered deep into the Indian territory. They made use of the very same bunkers that belonged to the Indian Army on all the vantage points such as Tiger Hill, Point 4875, Jabbar Heights, Tololing, etc., thus endangering the Srinagar-Leh National Highway - 1

The actual war had seen a lot of action and sacrifice from the Artillery and the Infantry (1/11 Gorkha Rifles, 18 Granadiers, 17 Jat, 2 Rajputana Rifles, and other decorated units of the infantry). The movie covers in detail (in fact, too much of detail) the bravery of the Infantry, and thus giving a raw deal to the Artillery, whose Bofors

155mm Howitzers did the magic in attacking the bunkers on the peaks. THe Indian Air Force had a lot to do in the actual war, but has not been highlighted at all in the movie.

The movie Begins with missing men from the 16 Granadiers, a message from the GOC kargil to the troops in the valley to accumulate in the Kargil sector to drive the bloody Pakistanis. Parting scenes of the war-stars with their wifes/girl-friends (as applicable) along with songs (actually the songs are atleast 20-30 minutes each) are shown as the troops move towards Kargil.

Then, the action begins, there is victory all along (u see we are "Mera Bharat Mahan" we have to win always against Pakistan be it war or Cricket, we are the best) amidst a lot of difficulty, casualities peak by peak, Indian troops drive the infiltrators away. The climax of the action is On Tiger Hill that was taken by the 18 Granadiers. Due to the large number of stars, it is difficult to detail the movie as a story.

Comment:

If one is looking for a formula story in this movie, then one can be sure that it is absent. LOC is a story of Pure sacrifice, patriotism, courage and lots and lots of bullets and Blood. The theatre yesterdat was full of whistles and cheers when the Film shows Indians winning each peak. Sure, we make a good movie audience and support the starts as in the same case where we cheer the Indian Cricket team in a match against Pakistan. Watch the movie for the charaterisation of the real-life war heroes (4 PVC honoured heroes) who have sacrificed their lives so that we could see this day. The movie has made a brilliant potrayal of the Army who have battled all odds in rough weather conditions

Warning: You may fall asleep during some of the long drawn songs.

Characters:

Abhishek Bachchan plays captain Vikram Batra: "yeh dil mange more..." for his unmatchable display of bravery & leadership of the highest order in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the PARAM VIR CHAKRA. (against actress Esha Deol who plays his Girl Friend)

Ajay Devgan plays lt.Manoj Pandey: "Some goals are so worthy, it's glorious even to fail" - a quote from his personal diary. he was awarded the PARAM VIR CHAKRA. (Against Rani Mukherjee who is interested in him)

Akshay Khanna Plays lt.Balwan singh : the toughest officer of them all. A grassroots man from Haryana - he was awarded the MAHA VIR CHAKRA. (agaist Preeti Jhangiani)

Sanjay Kapoor plays Major Deepak Rampal: He was on leave, but cut it short to join his men in the Kargil war, he was the backbone of the battallion, a tough officer. He was awarded the VIR CHAKRA.

Sanjay Dutt plays lt.col.Y.K Joshi :His motto was - if you lead your men from the front they will give you their lives to save yours. he was awarded VIR CHAKRA (against Namrata Shirodkar who plays his wife)

Saif Ali Khan plays Captain Anuj Nayyar : laughed death in its face - he was awarded the MAHA VIR CHAKRA. (against Kareena Kapoor who plays his Girl Friend)

Suneil Shetty plays rifleman Sanjay Kumar : with his bare hands he held the barrels of two machine guns while the enemy was firing them. He was awarded the PARAM VIR CHAKRA. (against Isha Koppikar)

Nagarjuna plays Major Padmapani Achayra: known as the sutradhar of the battallion - he was awarded the MAHA VIR CHAKRA. (against Priya Gill (She did look cute))

Karan Nath plays Major Rajesh Singh Adhikari : First Indian officer who came as close as 50 meters of the enemy at the barbad bunker. He was awarded the MAHA VIR CHAKRA.

Ashutosh Rana plays Grenedier Yogendra Sing Yadav - Responsible in helping the Indian army to win back tiger hill. Manoj Bajpai plays Grenedier Yogendra Sing Yadav - he survived inspite of taking 15 bullets in his body and is back serving his battalion. He was awarded the PARAM VIR CHAKRA.

Amar Upadhya as Lt.Vijayant Thapar: Third generation officer, his famous last letter to his father "mama papa when you receive this letter I will be watching you from heaven amongst angels!" He was awarded the VIR CHAKRA.

(Some data regarding the details of the actual characters their medals and mottos has been taken from the internet)
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