LOC Kargil

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LOC Kargil
Loc poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by J.P. Dutta
Produced by J.P. Dutta
Screenplay by J.P. Dutta
Story by J.P. Dutta
Starring Ajay Devgan
Armaan Kohli
Puru Raajkumar
Sanjay Dutt
Akkineni Nagarjuna
Saif Ali Khan
Sunil Shetty
Sanjay Kapoor
Abhishek Bachchan
Mohnish Bahl
Akshaye Khanna
Manoj Bajpai
Rani Mukerji
Kareena Kapoor
Esha Deol
Raveena Tandon
Music by Anu Malik
Cinematography Karim Khatri
Distributed by J P Films
Release date(s) December 26, 2003
Running time 246 mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR40 crore (US$6.6 million)[1]
Box office INR68.93 crore (US$11 million)[1]

LOC Kargil is a 2003 Hindi, war film based on the Kargil War fought between India and Pakistan, directed and written by J. P. Dutta. It showcases a large number of Bollywood stars. Upon release LOC received a mixed response critically and commercially. With a running time of 255 minutes, it is one of the longest Indian films ever made and fifth in terms of running time.[2][3] The film is based on the 1999, Operation Vijay and Battle of Tololing around the Line of control.[4][5]

Plot[edit]

LOC Kargil opens with a dramatic shot of an Indian soldier's wireless set chirping frantic commands from one of the army bases, calling a patrol to report in, while the radio operator lies dead in the snow. After frantic attempts from battalions to locate their lost patrols, the Indian Army HQ in Jammu and Kashmir decides to deploy more troops. They suffer a rude shock when company and even battalion-sized attacks are beaten back by the largely unknown enemy sitting on top of the steep and treacherous peaks surrounding Kargil, Mushkoh Valley, Drass, Batalik and the Kaksar sectors. After these terrible and surprising reverses the decision is taken to go ahead with maximum mobilization and move its best fighting units into the area of operations.

The first unit deployed is 1/11 Gurkhas (1st Bn 11th Regiment) who are specialists in high-altitude warfare. 1/11 is led by its commanding officer, Col. Lalit Rai (Sudesh Berry), and has the charismatic and brave Lt. Manoj Pandey (Ajay Devgan) leading one of its platoons. Subsequently, the 18th Grenadiers (which was in the Kashmir Valley guarding against terrorist infiltration when they were urgently summoned to help throw out the intruders) are deployed. The Grenadiers were led by Colonel Khushal Thakur (Raj Babbar). Among the officers and soldiers were men like Lt. Col R Vishwanathan (Mohnish Behl), Major Rajesh Adhikari (Karan Nath), Lt. Balwan Singh (Akshaye Khanna), Captain Sachin Nimbalkar (Vineet Sharma), and Grenadiers Yogendra Singh Yadav (Ashutosh Rana & Manoj Bajpai). Other units like the 17th Jat, 2nd Rajputana Rifles, 22 & 16 Grenadiers, 2 Naga, 1 Bihar, 8 Sikh, 18 Garhwal Rifles, 12 JAK LI, 3 Punjab and 13th J&K Rifles are inducted into the theater of conflict.

The first assault is by the 1/11 Gurkhas advance platoon led by Lt. Manoj Pandey which links with the beleaguered and severely mauled Sikh Bn. They follows up to launch its attack on Kukarthang post, a very heavily defended enemy position supported by mortar units and artillery batteries on the Pakistani side of LOC. The Gurkhas take Kukarthang after suffering heavy casualties, revealing that the enemy is a trained army unit being given full-fire support from across the LOC.

The second battle is at the strategic Tololing mountain which sits astride National Highway 1, the main supply route for the entire Northern Kashmir sector including Siachen and Leh. Col. Khushal's 18th Grenadiers 1st company, led by Major Adhikari, attacks Tololing. The company is held up midway to the top due to heavy fog, it waits for clear weather. The men when half asleep suffer intense shelling from artillery and mortars, causing casualties and panic. They try to get to safety by moving up the mountain, but are pushed down by heavy small arms fire from intruders dug into the well-prepared position atop the mountain. Subsequent counter-attacks from the Indians are stifled by stiff resistance, in the absence of artillery support for the Indians, claiming the lives of Major Adhikari and Lt. Col. Vishwanathan.

The 18th Grenadiers are relieved by 2nd Rajputana Rifles, commanded by Col. Ravindranath (Ashish Vidyarthi), which moves in with an artillery battery of 110 mm field artillery and acclimatised troops. They launch a multi-pronged attack under artillery cover which ends in success but at the cost of losing many officers and ranks, including Capt. Vijayant Thapar (Amar Upadhyay), Maj. Padmapani Acharya (Nagarjuna Akkineni) and Maj. Vivek Gupta (Himanshu Malik). All this happens while the 13th J&K Rifles led by Lt. Col. Y K Joshi (Sanjay Dutt) stands by in case the 2nd Raj Rif fails.

The 13th JAK Rif is blooded at Rocky Mount where they take the field after suffering heavy casualties. They follows it up with another victory at Point 5140 where Captain Vikram Batra (Abhishek Bachchan) distinguishes himself by taking the south face of Pt 5140 without any casualties and is promoted to captain.

The decisive phase of the of war has come. 18th Grenadiers are assigned to take Tiger Hill, 17th Jat to Three Pimple complex feature, 1/11 Gurkha to Khalubar Ridge and 13th J&K to Bunker Complex. The Grenadiers take Tiger Hill after a daring stealth attack by the elite Ghatak section, losing its lead Nk Yogender Yadav (Ashutosh Rana). Only one of them Grenadier Yogender Yadav (Manoj Bajpai) survives to link up with the rest of the battalion. 17th Jat suffers heavy casualties with Captain Anuj Nayyar (Saif Ali Khan) and several others killed and injured, but is able to secure Three Pimple complex.

1/11 Gurkha links up with 22 Grenadiers at the base of Khalubar Ridge after braving an intense creeping barrage of artillery. Pandey somehow keeps the sagging morale of the weary unit up till the battalion begins its attack. The plans go awry as Gurkha CO Col Rai is injured by machine gun fire. Pandey volunteers to take out the bunkers which are holding up the attack. The machine guns are taken out, but Pandey is killed in action.

The last battle is fought by the 13th J&K attacking Bunker Complex, but the unit gets split up. Capt Batra is sent to link up with Captain Nagappa (Nagender Choudhary) who has been captured one bunker and surrounded by enemy. Batra links up with Capt. Nagappa but is pinned down himself by heavy enemy fire. He single handedly takes out two bunkers but is mortally wounded. The 13th JAK pursues the enemy to the LOC but stops due to orders not to cross the LOC. Finally India declares 'OPERATION VIJAY' a success and victory and secures all its captured heights from the adversary.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Sanjay Dutt Lt Col. Y.K. Joshi, 13 JAK Rifles
Ajay Devgan Capt. Manoj Kumar Pandey, 1/11th Gurkha Rifles
Suniel Shetty Rfn Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAK Rifles
Saif Ali Khan Capt. Anuj Nayyar, 17 JAT
Sanjay Kapoor Maj. Deepak Rampal, 17 JAT
Amit Behl Maj. Ajay Singh Jasrotia 13 JAK Rifles
Abhishek Bachchan Capt. Vikram Batra, 13 JAK Rifles
Akshaye Khanna Lt. Balwan Singh, 18 Grenadiers
Manoj Bajpai Gren. Yogender Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers
Nagarjuna Akkineni Maj. Acharya Padmapani, 2 Rajputana Rifles
Amar Upadhyay Capt. Vijayanth Thapar, 2 Rajputana Rifles
Ashutosh Rana Yogender Singh, 18 Grenadiers
Karan Nath Maj. Rajesh Adhikari, 18 Grenadiers
Raj Babbar Col. Khushal Thakur, 18 Grenadiers
Mohnish Bahl Lt Col. R. Viswanathan, 18 Grenadiers
Sudesh Berry Col. Lalit Rai, 1/11th Gurkha Rifles
Avtar Gill Sub. Digendra Kumar, 2 Rajputana Rifles
Milind Gunaji Maj. Rajesh Adhau, 13 JAK Rifles
Kiran Kumar Col. Umesh Singh Bawa, 17 JAT
Bikram Saluja Capt. Sanjeev Jamwal, 13 JAK Rifles
Ashish Vidyarthi Col. MB Ravindranath, 2 Rajputana Rifles
Mukesh Tiwari Lt. Col. Asthana, 1/11th Gurkha Rifles
Vineet Sharma Captain Sachin Annarao Nimbalkar, 18 Grenadiers
Nagender Choudhary Captain Nagappaa 13 JAK Rifles
Armaan Kohli Major Vikas Vohra 13 JAK Rifles
Actress Role
Rani Mukerji Hema (Manoj Pandey's love interest)
Raveena Tandon Deepak's wife
Kareena Kapoor Simran (Anuj Nayyar's love interest)
Preeti Jhangiani Balwaan's love interest
Mahima Chaudhry Reena Yadav
Esha Deol Dimple (Vikram Batra's love interest)
Isha Koppikar Rifleman Sanjay's fiancee
Divya Dutta Yogendra Yadav's wife
Priya Gill Charulatha (Acharya Padmapani's wife)
Namrata Shirodkar YK Joshi's wife
Akanksha Malhotra Kiran Adhikari (Rajesh Singh Adhikari's wife)
Maya Alagh Manoj Pandey's mother

Soundtrack[edit]

All songs of this movie were penned by famous Indian lyricist Javed Akhtar.[6]

# Title Singer(s)
1 "Pyar Bhare Geet" Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal
2 "Main Kahin Bhi Rahoon" Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod, Hariharan, Sukhwinder Singh
3 "Ek Saathi Aur Bhi Tha" Sonu Nigam
4 "Seemaaye Bulaaye" Alka Yagnik
5 "Khush Rehna" Roop Kumar
6 "Before We Forget (Instrumental)"

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