J. P. Dutta to Make The Sequel to War Film Border
In 1997, JP . Dutta came out with his war epic titled Border where Sunny Deol, Akshyae Khanna, Sunil Shetty, Pooja Bhatt and others played important role. The film was based on real life incidents of the 1971 war. Dutt had been busy with his other film commitments for that last 16 years. Umrao Jaan was his last major project, almost six years ago.
Now, Dutta is planning to come out with sequels of the hit war saga. Border 2, 3 and 4 are in the pipeline. These are three war epics based on the three wars of 1962, 1965 and 1971. Border 2, which is set on the background of the Indo-China war of 1962, tells the story of Param veer chakra winner Subedar Joginder Singh Shahnan. He led a platoon against the Chinese. According to reports, Sunny Deol who played an important role in Border will be returning in this film, though not in the role of a Sikh. A statement said, "We are happy to announce that Sunny Deol will be part of starcast. Other names are in the deliberation stage. However, for now Sunny has been roped in for a pivotal role, since he was an integral part of Border." The rest of the cast are still in the process of being finalized. The film will probably go to floor in December.
Dutta also plans to make Border 3 focusing on the life of Abdul Hamid, another winner of the Param veer chakra who died fighting the enemy in the 1965 Indo –Pak war. Finally, Border 4 will be based on the life of Second lieutenant Arun Khetarpal who died in the 1971 Indo – Bangladesh war.
Dutta has been busy preparing for the shooting of these three back to back films. He said, "I wanted to make war films on the three major battles that India fought in 1962, 1965 and 1971. But I wanted to root these wars in specific heroes' lives. I chose the three Param Vir Chakra winners - each from the three wars."
"During my recce I was amazed at how well Border is remembered to this day even though it came 16 years ago. I met soldiers and civilians who had seen it over and over again. They all wanted to know if I had more to say on the war front," said Dutta.