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Director JP Dutta recreates Nathu La Pass in Ladakh for 'Paltan'

While he has shot his previous films on real locations, he couldn’t do so with his upcoming Arjun Rampal and Sonu Sood starrer that is based on the 1967 Indo-China military clashes along the Sikkim border.

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Director JP Dutta recreates Nathu La Pass in Ladakh for 'Paltan'
Arjun Rampal and JP Dutta; Sonu Sood, (Right) A working still of Paltan from Ladakh
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JP Dutta, who’s known for war movies like Border (1997) and LOC Kargil (2003), is gearing up for his next, Paltan, which is backed by Zee Studios. While he has shot his previous films on real locations, he couldn’t do so with his upcoming Arjun Rampal and Sonu Sood starrer that is based on the 1967 Indo-China military clashes along the Sikkim border. Instead, he opted for Ladakh to make his latest movie. 

Highlighting the necessity of filming at real locations, the filmmaker says,  “As my war dramas are based on true events that took place in the history in our nation, my conscious effort is to always maintain the authenticity. All these incidents are important and talk about our history at length. Hence, I always prefer to shoot at real locations where the incident took place to make it more authentic and visually appealing.” Explaining the reason for choosing Ladakh, JP adds, “Unfortunately, Nathu La pass is no longer the way it used to be in those times when the real war happened. So we decided to shoot in Ladakh to make it look as close to the reality as possible.” 

To ensure the authenticity, the acclaimed director not only scouted locations in Ladakh that bore semblance to the East Sikkim district and border area, but also got his production design team to recreate the Nathu La Pass area where India gave China a ‘bloody nose’. 

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