In 1971, along the border region of Longewala, a small battalion of Indian soldiers go up against a 2000-(armed) soldier Pakistani strike force.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dharamvir's mother
Major Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri
Air Force Commander
Captain Bhairav Singh (Raja)
Lieutenant Dharamvir
Kamu (Kamla
Kuldeep's wife
Bhagiram (Cook)
Sudesh Berry ...
Mathura Das (as Sudhesh Berry)
Rattan Singh
Sharbani Mukherji ...
Raja Bhairav Singh's wife (as Sharbani Mukherjee)
Sapna Bedi
Amrit Pal
Mahavir Bhullar


The year is 1971 when the Pakistani Army is at war with the Indian Soldiers. The Indian battalion is posted in Longewala region in Punjab and are just 150 in number while the Pakistani Army consists of 2000 armed soldiers with tanks. This movie is a landmark in Hindi Cinema and watch how the drama unfolds and the Indian soldiers fight for the pride of their motherland. Commendable performances from Jackie Shroff, Sudesh Berry, Sunil Shetty and Sunny Deol and excellent acting by Akshay Khanna. Written by Kanhaiya Maheshwary

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13 June 1997 (India)  »

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This movie is based on the real life battle of Longewella from the 1971 IndoPak war. However, the Indian casualties during this incident amounted to no more than 2 soldiers and the movie thus exaggerates casualties for dramatic purposes. See more »


Major Kuldeep Singh: [laughs madly]
Dharamvir: May I ask you a question, Sir? There must be some difference between madness and patriotism?
Major Kuldeep Singh: Dharamvir, what you call madness comes from faith. And I have full faith that God is with me, not with the enemy.
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Referenced in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (2013) See more »


Humein Jab Se Mohabbat
Music by Anu Malik
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Performed by Sonu Nigam & Alka Yagnik
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Emotions, Actions, consequences
20 July 2001 | by (Peterborough) – See all my reviews

This film is another working of a fantastic experienced talent of J P Dutta. the characters in the film really do shine, and bring out the best performances. The controversial topic of India-Pakistan is really highlighted in this film. The camera work is immaculate and the shooting in the backround of Rajasthan really is breathtaking. The music score by Anu Malik, is melodious and heart rendering. "Sandese Aate Hein" in time has become a patriotic anthem amongst many Indians. This alone implies the impact this film had on the Indian public, the brave sardars played by Sunny Deol and Puneet Issar highlights their love and the determination for India to defend itself against hostile enemies whoever they may be. An excellant production, my wish is for other directors to take a leaf out of Mr. Dutta's book, and make more films along patriotic story themes.

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