New Delhi: The Kargil War of 1999 also inspired Bollywood to retell the stories of bravery and sacrifice and veteran filmmaker J P Dutta's LOC Kargil was one of the first ambitious projects starring a host of actors. Shot in Ladakh LOC Kargil gives detailed account of 'Operation Vijay',
Actor Manoj Bajpai says, “LOC Kargil whether it was a hit or a flop, it was based on Kargil war and you have all the references available in the film. The director tried to stick to facts of the Kargil war.”
Ashwini Chaudhary's small-budget Dhoop which also released in 2003 is one of the most underrated films with the 1999 Kargil conflict as a backdrop.Dhoop wasn't a conventional war movie, it explored an aftermath. Based on a true story, Dhoop recounts the struggle faced by the parents of a martyred Captain to receive a petrol pump allotted by government as compensation for their son's death.
Actor Sanjay Suri says, “It was very emotional and saddening at the same level, where a Mahavir Chakra awardee armyman’s family has to go through all this.”
Farhan Akhtar's second film Lakshya was a fictional take on the Kargil conflict in which Hrithik Roshan as Lt Karan Shergill who leads his troops to victory over Pakistani troops. This coming of age tale also starred Amitabh Bachchan and Preity Zinta and was shot over 100 days, mostly in Ladakh.
More recently down south, Malayalam superstar reprised the role of Colonel Mahadevan in Kurukshetra directed by Major Ravi a former army man himself.
The war is over but the stories continue so that we don’t forget those who laid down their lives for us, so that you and I continue to live in a safe India.
(With inputs from Abhirr VP and Preeti Singh)