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1971 Hindi Movie

1971 Hindi Movie

1971 is a war drama film directed by Amrit Sagar and released in 2007. The film is based on the true story of the Indian prisoners of war (PoWs) who were captured by Pakistan during the 1971 Indo-Pak war that led to the creation of Bangladesh. The film depicts the struggle and courage of the PoWs who try to escape from the Pakistani camps and return to their homeland.


The film begins with a voice-over narration by Major Suraj Singh (Manoj Bajpayee), one of the PoWs, who explains the background of the war and the plight of the PoWs. He says that there are 54 PoWs who are still in Pakistan, but their existence is denied by both the governments. He also says that he and five other PoWs have decided to break out of the camp and reach the Indian border.

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The film then shows the escape plan of the six PoWs: Major Suraj Singh, Captain Jacob (Ravi Kishan), Flight Lieutenant Ram (Manav Kaul), Subedar Ahmed (Deepak Dobriyal), Naik Gurtu (Chittaranjan Giri) and Hawaldar Bhairav Singh (Kumud Mishra). They manage to steal a jeep and a radio from the camp and head towards the border. On their way, they face many obstacles and challenges, such as enemy patrols, landmines, betrayal, hunger and thirst. They also encounter a group of Bangladeshi refugees who help them cross a river. They also receive help from an Indian spy, Javed Khan (Piyush Mishra), who guides them through a secret tunnel.

However, their journey is not easy, as they are pursued by a ruthless Pakistani officer, Major Aslam Baig (Pavan Malhotra), who is determined to capture them alive or dead. He also tortures and kills some of their fellow PoWs who refuse to reveal their whereabouts. He also uses a mole, Captain Kabir (Manish Chaudhary), who is an Indian traitor working for Pakistan.

The film reaches its climax when the six PoWs reach the border, only to find that it is heavily guarded by Pakistani troops. They decide to make a final stand and fight for their freedom and honor. They manage to kill many Pakistani soldiers, but also lose some of their own men. Major Suraj Singh is fatally wounded by Major Aslam Baig, but before dying, he shoots him dead. The film ends with a voice-over narration by Major Suraj Singh, who says that he does not know if they succeeded or failed, but he knows that they fought till their last breath.


  • Manoj Bajpayee as Major Suraj Singh

  • Ravi Kishan as Captain Jacob

  • Manav Kaul as Flight Lieutenant Ram

  • Deepak Dobriyal as Subedar Ahmed

  • Chittaranjan Giri as Naik Gurtu

  • Kumud Mishra as Hawaldar Bhairav Singh

  • Pavan Malhotra as Major Aslam Baig

  • Piyush Mishra as Javed Khan

  • Manish Chaudhary as Captain Kabir

  • Vivek Mishra as Flight Lieutenant Vikram Rathore

  • Farida Jalal as Mrs. Rathore

  • Sushant Singh as Captain Dhillon


The film received critical acclaim for its realistic portrayal of the war and the PoWs. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi at the 55th National Film Awards. It also won four awards at the 2008 Zee Cine Awards, including Best Director, Best Story, Best Editing and Best Sound Design. The film was praised for its performances, especially by Manoj Bajpayee, Pavan Malhotra and Ravi Kishan. The film was also appreciated for its cinematography, music and background score.

However, the film did not do well at the box office, due to lack of publicity and promotion. The film was also overshadowed by other big releases at that time, such as Guru, Namastey London and Ta Ra Rum Pum. The film was also criticized for being too long and slow-paced by some viewers. The film also faced some controversy, as some Pakistani media outlets accused it of being anti-Pakistan and glorifying India. The film was also banned in Pakistan.


The film has gained a cult following over the years, especially among the fans of war movies and Manoj Bajpayee. The film is considered as one of the best war movies made in India, and one of the most underrated movies of all time. The film is also regarded as a tribute to the PoWs who are still missing in action, and a reminder of their sacrifice and bravery. The film is also seen as a source of inspiration and patriotism for many Indians.

The film has also influenced other war movies, such as Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019), which also features Manoj Bajpayee in a cameo role. The film has also been compared to other war movies, such as Border (1997), Lakshya (2004) and Deewaar (2004). The film has also been praised by many celebrities, such as Amitabh Bachchan, Anurag Kashyap, Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana.


1971 is a movie that deserves more recognition and appreciation for its honest and powerful depiction of the war and the PoWs. The film is a masterpiece of direction, writing, acting, cinematography, music and editing. The film is a must-watch for anyone who loves war movies, or who wants to know more about the history and the heroes of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

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