Paltan (film)

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Paltan 2018.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJ.P. Dutta
Produced byZee Studios
J P Films
Based onNathu La and Cho La clashes
StarringJackie Shroff
Arjun Rampal
Sonu Sood
Gurmeet Choudhary
Harshvardhan Rane
Siddhanth Kapoor
Luv Sinha
Esha Gupta
Sonal Chauhan
Monica Gill
Dipika Kakar
Aditii Arya Sharma
Music byAnu Malik
Background Score:
Sanjoy Chowdhury
CinematographyShailesh AV Awasthhi Nigam Bomzan
Edited byBallu Saluja
J P Films
Distributed byZee Studios
Release date
  • 7 September 2018 (2018-09-07)
Running time
154 minutes
Budget14 crore[1]
Box officeest. 10.22 crore[2]

Paltan (transl. Platoon; Hindi pronunciation: [pəlʈən]) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language action-war film written, directed and produced by J. P. Dutta, based on 1967 Nathu La and Cho La clashes along the Sikkim border after 1962 Sino-Indian War.[3] It stars an ensemble cast with Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Harshvardhan Rane, Esha Gupta, Sonal Chauhan and many more. The film was theatrically released on 7 September 2018 .[4][5][6][7]


The Film is Based on Clashes between Indian and Chinese Troops in the regions of Nathu La and Cho La in 1967 where Indian troops defeated Chinese Troops and stopped their attempts to encroach on Indian territory.[8]



Soundtrack album by
Released28 August 2018[10]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
Anu Malik chronology
Judwaa 2
Batti Gul Meter Chalu
External audio
Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Track listing
1."Paltan Title Track"Divya Kumar, Irfan, Adarsh, Khuda Baksh6:12
2."Raat Kitni"Sonu Nigam6:51
3."Main Zinda Hoon"Sonu Nigam6:51
Total length:19:54

The background score of the film is composed by Sanjoy Chowdhury and songs are composed by Anu Malik. The lyrics are written by Javed Akhtar. The first song "Paltan Title Track" was released on 13 August 2018.[11] The second song "Raat Kitni" was released on 21 August 2018.[12] The music in the Paltan song is borrowed from the theme music of iconic 1957 hollywood blockbuster The Bridge on the River Kwai.[13]


The movie received very good reviews from the families of the soldiers who participated in the war who thanked J P Dutta, the film producer for presenting the life story of the unsung army officers[14].

The movie also received very good reviews from army circles and officials from the Defence Ministry of India for revealing the true incidents from the lesser known battle of 1967 war at the Sikkim border.[15]

Audience and critics found the film's execution largely ineffective for a war film with caricature characters and extremely long runtime. Ronak Kotecha of The Times of India gave it 3/5 stars calling it a long-drawn war-drama that picks up only during the final moments.[16]


  1. ^ "Paltan - Movie - Box Office India". Box Office India. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Paltan Box Office collection till Now - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Arjun Rampal: It's sad to see the army being maligned". 25 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Paltan movie review and release highlights". 7 September 2018.
  5. ^ "'Paltan' to release on September 7". Times of India. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  6. ^ "JP Dutta's Paltan first poster out, film to release on September 7". hindustantimes. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Monica Gill to play Harshvardhan Rane's love interest in J P Dutta's Paltan". Deccan Chronicle. 9 February 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  8. ^ Menon, Vandana (1 October 2018). "Remembering the war we forgot: 51 years ago, how India gave China a bloody nose". The Print.
  9. ^ Desk, Entertainment (3 August 2018). "JP Dutta's Paltan Receives A Thumbs Up From Bollywood, Ahead Of The Trailer Launch". Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Paltan - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Saavn.
  11. ^ "Paltan title track explores brotherhood and love for the nation; song penned by Javed Akhtar- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Paltan song Raat Kitni: Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood and others remember their loved ones- Entertainment News, TOI". Times of India. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Paltan Teaser: JP Dutta Borrows 'Bridge On The River Kwai' Theme Music As He Is All Set to Complete India's Biggest War Trilogy". Latestly. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Paltan: Families of 1967 Indo-China war heroes grateful to JP Dutta". The Statesman. 4 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Paltan receives a standing ovation from the Ministry of Defence". The Statesman. 6 September 2018.
  16. ^ Kotecha, Ronak (8 September 2018). "Paltan Movie Review {3/5}: A long but engaging war-drama that picks up during the final moments". Retrieved 7 August 2019.

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