Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||J.P. Dutta|
|Produced by||J.P. Dutta|
|Screenplay by||J.P. Dutta|
|Story by||J.P. Dutta|
Saif Ali Khan
Kareena Kapoor Khan
|Music by||Anu Malik|
J P Films
|Budget||₹400 million (US$6.2 million)|
|Box office||₹689 million (US$11 million)|
LOC Kargil is 2003 Indian war film based on the Kargil War fought between India and Pakistan, produced and directed by J. P. Dutta under his J.P. Films Banner. Featuring a large number of Bollywood stars and music composed by Anu Malik, the film recorded as Average at the box-office.
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. The film is based on the 1999, Operation Vijay and Battle of Tololing around the Line of control.
The film 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. Lt Saurabh Kalia and Lt Amit Bharadhwaj are sent for a recce patrol along LOC. Lt Kalia's patrol is wiped out while Lt. Amit Bharadhwaj's Patrol suffers heavy casualties but they make it back to tell the tale. Pakistani forces begin shelling of LoC with NH-1A being their main target. Indian Army decides to deploy more troops but suffer a rude shock when company and even battalion-sized patrols are beaten back by the Pakistani intruders who have occupied peaks around Mushkoh valley, Kargil, Drass, Kaksar and Batalik. After these terrible reverses, the decision is taken to go ahead with maximum mobilisation and move the army's best fighting units into the area of operations. However Indian soldiers are barred from crossing LoC. Despite Maximum Mobilisation, most battalions are completely unaware about the nature and size of the threat, thus the rationale behind Maximum mobilisation is questioned by all the battalion commanders.
The first unit deployed is the 1st battalion of 11 Gorkha Rifles (1/11 Gorkha Rifles) who are specialists in high-altitude warfare. 1/11 GR's commanding officer is Col. Lalit Rai (Sudesh Berry), and the battalion has the charismatic and brave Manoj Pandey (Ajay Devgan) leading one of its platoons. Subsequently, the 18th battalion of The Grenadiers (18 Grenadiers), which was in the Kashmir Valley guarding against terrorist infiltration, are deployed in Kargil. The battalion is led by Col. Khushal Thakur (Raj Babbar), and among the officers and soldiers are men like Lt.Vikram Batra(Abhishek Bachchan), Lt. Col. R. Vishwanathan (Mohnish Behl), Maj. Rajesh Adhikari (Karan Nath), Lt. Balwan Singh (Akshaye Khanna), Capt. Sachin Nimbalkar (Vineet Sharma), and Yogendra Singh Yadav (Ashutosh Rana & Manoj Bajpai). The Grenadiers are followed by 17th battalion of the Jat Regiment (17 Jat) lead by Col. Umesh Singh Bawa (Kiran Kumar) and has Capt Anuj Nayyar (Saif Ali Khan). They are followed by 13th battalion of the Jammu & Kashmir Rifles (13 JAK Rif) commanded by Lt.Col Y.K Joshi (Sanjay Dutt) and has Capt. Vikram Batra (Abhishek Bachchan) with them. Other Battalions are subsequently inducted into the theatre of conflict. Indian Air Force launches Photo-Recce missions in order to identify the intruders.
The first assault is by the 1/11 Gorkha Rifles advance platoon led by Lt. Manoj Pandey who first captures Yaldar vilage and links with the beleaguered and severely mauled unit from a Sikh battalion. The Sikh Battalion members reveal that earlier Patrols of 3rd Punjab and 16 Grenadiers had gone missing in Kukerthang sector. They follow 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 Gorkhas take Kukarthang after suffering 19 Gorkhas as casualties. It is later revealed that the size of Infiltration was much larger than previously thought. Indian Army Planners believe approx 3,000 members of Pakistan Army's 5th Northern Light Infantry are involved.
The second battle is at the strategic Tololing mountain which sits astride National Highway 1D, the main supply route for the entire northern Kashmir sector including Siachen and Leh. The 18th Grenadiers first link up with a severly beaten 16th Grenadiers Battalion and get a first hand knowledge of the situation.The first company of 18 Grenadiers, led by Maj. Adhikari, attacks Tololing. The company is held up midway due to heavy fog; it waits for clear weather. The men when resting 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 Maj. Adhikari and Lt. Col. Vishwanathan. 18 Grenadiers further make 4 attempts to recapture Tololing but are repeatedly beaten back.
Meanwhile 17th Jat lead by Maj Deepak Rampal (Sanjay Kapoor) capture a Pakistani Mortar position. They Subseqently liberate an important peak, but suffer casualties. Col Bawa tasks them to capture Pt 4850.
18 Grenadiers are relieved by 2 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 13 JAK Rif, led by Lt. Col. Yogesh Kumar Joshi (Sanjay Dutt) stands by in case 2 Raj Rif fails. Meanwhile Indian Air Force has Launched Combat Sorties (Operation Safed Sagar) and is seen bombing enemy positions.
13 JAK Rif is blooded at Rocky Mount where they take the field after suffering heavy casualties. They follow it up with another victory at Point 5140 where Lt. 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 war has come. 18 Grenadiers are assigned to take Tiger Hill, 17 Jat to Three Pimple complex feature, 1/11 Gorkha Rifles to Khalubar Ridge and 13 JAK Rif to Bunker Complex. After a heavy Barrage of Bofors 18 Grenadiers take Tiger Hill after a daring stealth attack by the elite Ghatak section, losing its lead Nk. Yogendra Singh Yadav (Ashutosh Rana). Only one of them, the other grenadier Yogendra Singh Yadav (Manoj Bajpayee) survives to link up with the rest of the battalion. 17 Jat suffers heavy casualties with Capt. Anuj Nayyar (Saif Ali Khan) and several others killed and injured, but is able to secure Three Pimple complex.
1/11 Gorkha Rifles 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 1/11 Gorkha's commanding officer 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 13 JAK Rif attacking Bunker Complex, but the unit gets split up. Capt. Batra is sent to link up with Capt. Nagappa (Nagender Choudhary) who has been captured one bunker and surrounded by the enemy. Batra links up with Nagappa but is pinned down himself by heavy enemy fire. He single-handedly takes out two bunkers but is mortally wounded. 13 JAK Rif pursues the enemy to the LOC but stops due to orders not to cross it. Finally, India declares Operation Vijay a success and victory and secures all its captured heights.
|Raj Babbar||Col. Khushal Thakur, 18 Grenadiers|
|Kiran Kumar||Col. Umesh Singh Bawa, 17 Jat|
|Ashish Vidyarthi||Col. Magod Basappa Ravindranath, 2 Rajputana Rifles|
|Sudesh Berry||Col. Lalit Rai, 1/11 Gorkha Rifles|
|Sanjay Dutt||Lt. Col. Yogesh Kumar Joshi aka Joe, 13 J&K Rifles|
|Mohnish Bahl||Lt. Col. R. Viswanathan, 18 Grenadiers|
|Karan Nath||Maj. Rajesh Singh Adhikari, 18 Grenadiers|
|Ajay Devgn||Capt. Manoj Kumar Pandey, 1/11 Gorkha Rifles|
|Sunil Shetty||Rfn. Sanjay Kumar, 13 J&K Rifles|
|Saif Ali Khan||Capt. Anuj Nayyar, 17 Jat|
|Ayub khan||Maj. P.S. Janghu, 17 Jat|
|Amit Behl||Maj. Ajay Singh Jasrotia, 13 J&K Rifles|
|Abhishek Bachchan||Capt. Vikram Batra, 13 J&K Rifles|
|Akshaye Khanna||Lt. Balwan Singh Panghal, 18 Grenadiers|
|Manoj Bajpayee||Gren. Yogendra Singh Yadav, 18 Grenadiers|
|Nagarjuna||Maj. Acharya Padmapani, 2 Rajputana Rifles|
|Amar Upadhyay||Capt. Vijayant Thapar, 2 Rajputana Rifles|
|Ashutosh Rana||Gren. Yogender Singh, 18 Grenadiers|
|Sanjay Kapoor||Maj. Deepak Rampal, 13 J&K Rifles|
|Avtar Gill||Sub. Digendra Kumar, 2 Rajputana Rifles|
|Milind Gunaji||Maj. Rajesh Adhau, 13 J&K Rifles|
|Bikram Saluja||Capt. Sanjeev Jamwal, 13 J&K Rifles|
|Mukesh Tiwari||Maj. Asthana, 1/11 Gorkha Rifles|
|Vineet Sharma||Capt. Sachin Annarao Nimbalkar, 18 Grenadiers|
|Nagender Choudhary||Capt. Nagappa, 13 J&K Rifles|
|Armaan Kohli||Maj. Vikas Vohra, 13 J&K Rifles|
|Himanshu Malik||Maj. Vivek Gupta|
|Puru Raajkumar||Hav. Bhim Bahadur|
|Deepraj Rana||Sub. Raghunath Singh|
|Rohit Roy||Capt. Shashi Bhushan|
|Yashodhan Bal||Lieutenant General|
|Sharad Kapoor||Major S Vijay Bhaskar 13 J&K Rifles|
|Devashish||Capt Joy Dasgupta 18 Grenadiers|
|Shahzad Khan||Nb. Sub. Zakir Hussain|
|Akbar Naqvi||Maj. Ajeet Singh|
|Rani Mukerjee||Hema (Manoj Pandey's love interest)|
|Raveena Tandon||Deepak Rampal's wife|
|Kareena Kapoor||Simran Kaur (Anuj Nayyar's fiancee)|
|Preeti Jhangiani||Balwan Singh's fiancee|
|Mahima Chaudhry||Reena Yadav (Yogendra Singh Yadav's wife)|
|Esha Deol||Dimple Cheema (Vikram Batra's fiancee)|
|Isha Koppikar||Santo (Sanjay Kumar's fiancee)|
|Divya Dutta||Yogendra Singh Yadav's wife|
|Priya Gill||Charulatha Acharya (Acharya Padmapani's wife)|
|Namrata Shirodkar||Y.K. Joshi's wife|
|Akanksha Malhotra||Kiran Adhikari (Rajesh Adhikari's wife)|
|Maya Alagh||Manoj Pandey's mother|
Just like J. P. Dutta's previous war movie Border, the Indian military provided technical and material assistance during the production and filming of LOC Kargil. Weapons used in Kargil War like different variants of the INSAS rifle family as well as Swedish Bofors Haubits FH77 artillery guns and BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launchers. Indian Air Force planes like SEPECAT Jaguars in bombing roles and helicopters like Mil Mi-17s and HAL Cheetahs were shown in casualty evacuation roles. Pakistani artillery depicted were Indian field guns and 81 mm mortars. SLRs stood for the G3 rifles used by the Pakistan Army.
Shah Rukh Khan was first offered Sanjay Dutt's role but things couldn't worked out.Tushar Kapoor was the initial choice for Karan Nath's role. Rahul Khanna and Arbaaz Khan[disambiguation needed] were signed for the film but both walked out later.Jackie Shroff was signed for the film but dropped out later. Salman Khan was the original choice for Abhishek Bachchan's role Aamir Khan was actually wanted for Ajay Devgan's role but Aamir was not ready for the role at that time. Mukesh Khanna was signed for the film but was later replaced by Raj Babbar.
|Film score by Anu Malik|
|Anu Malik chronology|
Music composed by Anu Malik. Lyrics written by famous Indian lyricist Javed Akhtar. Music released on SAREGAMA Music Company. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 15,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's eighth highest-selling.
|1.||"Pyar Bhare Geet"||Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal||9:23|
|2.||"Main Kahin Bhi Rahoon"||Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Roop Kumar Rathod, Hariharan, Sukhwinder Singh||12:52|
|3.||"Ek Saathi Aur Bhi Tha"||Sonu Nigam||8:32|
|4.||"Seemaaye Bulaaye"||Alka Yagnik||7:59|
|5.||"Khush Rehena"||Roop Kumar||6:35|
|6.||"Before We Forget"||Instrumental||5:46|
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