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Border (1997)

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In 1971, along the border region of Longewala, a small battalion of Indian soldiers goes up against a large Pakistani strike force.


J.P. Dutta


J.P. Dutta (screenplay), O.P. Dutta (dialogue)
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Credited cast:
Sunny Deol ... Major Kuldeep Singh Chandpuri
Sunil Shetty ... Captain Bhairav Singh
Akshaye Khanna ... Lieutenant Dharamvir Singh Bhan
Jackie Shroff ... Wing Commander Anand Bajwa
Sudesh Berry ... Mathura Das (as Sudhesh Berry)
Puneet Issar ... Rattan Singh
Kulbhushan Kharbanda ... Bhagiram (Cook)
Tabu ... Yamora Kaur Chandpuri
Rakhee Gulzar ... Sujatha Devi
Pooja Bhatt ... Kamla 'Kamu' Singh
Sharbani Mukherji ... Phool Kanwar (as Sharbani Mukherjee)
Sapna Bedi Sapna Bedi ... Roopali
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashoka Ashoka
Ashok Asrani Ashok Asrani
Deepak Bhatia Deepak Bhatia


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Men At Their Best. War At Its Worst.


Action | Drama | History | War


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Hindi | English | Punjabi | Rajasthani

Release Date:

13 June 1997 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Граница See more »

Filming Locations:

Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India


Box Office


INR110,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

J.P. Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR


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Did You Know?


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 »


The airman closing the door of AN-32 aircraft before take off is wearing blue uniform. In 1971 the uniform was khakee and not blue. The blue uniform was introduced in 1991. See more »


Captain Bhairav Singh: This soil is my mother.
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Crazy Credits

A homage is paid to director J. P. Dutta's brother Late SQN LDR Deepak Dutta, who also lost his life in service of the nation. See more »

Alternate Versions

For a 'U' rating, the CBFC removed... ...the firing between Sunny & Soldier, it bleeds.
  • The love making between Sunil & lady.
  • The shelling from both sides of Army. Sunil-loosens the Camels.
  • The sequence of Soldier dies near Kulbhushan. Dialogue : SIRJI APNA KHYAL RAKHNA.
  • The sequennce of shelling by Pak Army while Sunny evacutes villagers.
  • The shot of Tank marching ahead " DELTA 2 CALLING ALFA".
  • The shot of Pak Army overlooking Indian Army.
  • The shot of firing.
  • The sequence of shelling by Indian Army Pak Tank blasts : 'BHARAT MATA KI JAI".
  • The conflict between Pak & Indian Army. A soldier's hand is crushed under Tank, it bleeds.
  • The sequence of Sunny & Sunil attack Pak Army.
  • The sequence of Pak & Indian Army firing. 'BHAIRON SINGH...........till NAHI NAHI'
  • The sequence of Sunil shooting Soldiers.
  • The marching sequence of Sunny & his men, dialogue starts : 'KYA.... till COME ON, MOVE'
  • Sunny hurls bomb and firing.
  • The sequence of war between both sides.
  • Puneet is hit bu bullet, dialogue starts : 'AAJ KE BAAD... till NAAM KAHAUN.
  • The scene of firing.
  • Sunny comes to Bhairav who is dead. Sunny along takes the charges and fires.
  • Sunil is hit but he hurls bomb at Pak Army and they are burnt.
  • Deleted Climax sequence. Sunny carries a solider on his back.
  • Pak Soldiers are dead. Fighter planes arrive. Indian soldiers cheer.
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Referenced in War Chhod Na Yaar (2013) See more »


Mere Dushman Mere Bhai
Music by Anu Malik
Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
Performed by Hariharan & Chorus
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one of the most best war films made
15 August 2007 | by udita_mittalSee all my reviews

Border is no Saving Private Ryan or behind enemy lines. It's an unpretentious patriotic film, which is great to watch on 15 Aug or 26 Jan. It's heavily dramatised with punching dialogue and touching songs. The characters are varied and likable, and acting doesn't come much better, though Sunny Deol is over the top as usual.

It's sad to see this movie trashed by some Pakistani viewers, who are clearly not happy to see a movie made about their war failures. Maybe they should make movies depicting their own point of view, rather than watching pirated copies of Indian movies, and then complaining about them.

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