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1971 (2007)

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Based on true facts, the film revolves around 6 brave soldiers who escape from the clutches of the Pakistan Army and risk death with honour and courage with sacrifice towards their journey home.



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Credited cast:
Major Suraj Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Captain Jacob
Flight Lt. Gurtu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sunil Chavan
Rao Devender ...
Pakistan Rifleman Sayyed Ali
Chittaranjan Giri ...
Subedar Ahmed
Deepti Gupta ...
Sabeena Jehangir - Red Cross
Pankaj Kalra
Manav Kaul ...
Flight Lt. Ram
Kumud Mishra ...
Captain Kabir
Piyush Mishra ...
Major Bilal Malik
Vivek Mishra ...
Col. Shaharyar Khan
Gyan Prakash ...
Col. Puri
Nitin Rana ...
Pakistani Major
Pankaj Rathod ...
Pakistan Rifleman Mon'd Ali


Based on true facts, the film revolves around 6 brave soldiers who escape from the clutches of the Pakistan Army and risk death with honour and courage with sacrifice towards their journey home.

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INR 15,000,000 (estimated)

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Manoj Bajpai almost caught frostbite while shooting for the climax sequence, 14,000ft above sea level, in 6ft of snow and ice. See more »


Bhangra Pauna
(Film Version)
Music by Akash Sagar
Performed by Kailash Kher
Lyrics by Dev Kholi
Mixed and Mastered by Eric Pillai
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18 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Left Elbow Index considers film in terms of seven variables--acting, plot, production sets, dialogue, character development, continuity, and artistry--on a scale from a high of 10 to a low of 1. The acting seems generally weak, basically on par with the typical adventure film with a lot of screaming and running, augmented by a prolonged chase scene, thereby rating a 4. The Plot is fairly uncomplicated, since an escape movie is an escape movie. There are patriotic issues in the film, yet the disclaimer indicates the this story is not based on a real incident or real people. The plot rates 5, mostly from the inclusion of seemingly unrelated subplots and distractions, like POWs dancing the Bhangra. The production sets are judged relatively strong, and a 6 seems a logical rating. This includes the POW camp, the small towns, and the costumes-or uniforms, in the case. Dialogue is average and functional , resulting in a rating of 5. Some of the dialogue seems strange: "This is not a movie scene" and "You have not seen a movie in a long time" appear somewhat puzzling. The characters are stock and stereotypical, a 3 since there appears to be little development beyond their introduction. Continuity seems challenged, mostly because of the episodic nature of the production, therefore a 4. There seems to be little artistry beyond standard special effects. At times the background music can be annoying, and the repeated strains from from the beginning of the "Col. Bogey March" seem strangely imperial. Artistry therefore rates a 2. The composite ranking for this film according to the Left Elbow Index is a 4. If you like escape movies, you'll like this one. If you like patriotic films, so too. Films do not have to be technically correct to be entertaining. Abbott and Costello movies were continually panned by the critics, yet audiences loved them. In addition, the continuing conflict between Pakistan and India tends to raise support for this film. Abbott and Costello movies have stood the test of time. It will be interesting to see how 1971 does.

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