Army jawans & Bollywood to celebrate 20 years of J P Dutta’s Border

Veteran filmmaker JP Dutta’s war drama Border (1997) released two decades ago but the multi-starrer continues to hold the same freshness among the viewers and is remembered for its direction, patriotic theme, impactful dialogues, soulful music and brilliant performances by the cast including Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Akshaye Khanna and Jackie Shroff, among others. 
To commemorate the 20th year of the film’s release, the makers have decided to mark the occasion with a reunion of those responsible for making the epic war drama a huge success! 
The grand event befitting the theme ‘Celebrating 20 years of Border’ is set to take place on June 11, and will take the cast and crew down memory lane by showcasing unseen and behind-the-scenes footage from the film that won several awards and recognitions. 
Besides the cast and crew of Border attending the celebration, filmmaker JP Dutta has personally invited Army jawans too as a mark of respect to them. The preparation for the event held over the weekend at the ST Regis (Mumbai) is in full swing as the venue décor pays tribute to the Indian Army. In an attempt to relive Border, the attendees will witness real nets and helmets of jawans used in the movie. 
JP Dutta reminisces, “Once I played the song, Sandese Aate Hain, to a troop of 500 jawans who were assigned to us for the film. After listening to it, they quietly dispersed to shed a tear in private,” adding that the film will remain relevant as long as the world is grappling with wars. 

The veteran filmmaker’s daughter Nidhi Dutta, who is looking after arrangements for the bash, says, “We hadn’t even realised that our film was nearing its 20th anniversary until someone from Florida called to remind us. I told dad that we must celebrate the occasion.”

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