New Delhi, Sep 5: Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal who will be seen in JP Dutta's 'Paltan', said the filmmaker is a purist and working with him has made him imbibe certain qualities which will help him in going forward.
Talking to UNI, Arjun who was in the national capital to promote 'Paltan', talked about Dutta's approach towards filmmaking and how he makes the actors comfortable on the sets.
'J P Dutta has such great clarity of thoughts. The way he makes you comfortable, guides you, without much lecturing the actors. He shares anecdotes, experiences from his life, so it's a lot to absorb, lot to take in, because he had such a wonderful journey as a filmmaker,' Arjun said.
'Mr Dutta has been so true to his craft. He is a purist. So when you work with a purist you imbibe certain qualities, which you can take in your future works, and helps you in going forward. Not to short sell yourself is a thing I learnt from him,' he said.
Talking about the challenges he faced playing Lt Col Rai Singh in the film, Arjun said, 'if the film is not challenging I wouldn't do it. The whole idea is to find a solution to those challenges and go about it.'
'The responsibility that J P sir has taken on himself and all of us as actors is to bring sincerely some of the war heroes, and the recipients of the Mahavir Chakra, and people who have not got their due. Because few people knew about this story. We all got to know about the story through J P sir, we discovered it while filming, and the challenge for all of us was to be honest and true to those characters and bring them to life, so that when their family, friends, relatives see it, they feel proud,' he said.
On what it means to play a man in uniform, Arjun said, 'I think it's fulfilling a dream. In a surreal manner, all of us love our armed forces. It was a dream come true.'Talking about the ensemble cast, and if he had felt some pressure to make him stand out, Arjun said he is a very secure actor who trusts his filmmaker.
'The minute we wore our uniform there was this brotherhood bond that was created. All the actors in this movie are talented. There was no such insecurity that whether my character will stand out or not. I just hope I have done complete justice to my character,' the 45-year-old actor said.
Based on the Nathu La military clashes of 1967 which took place along the Sikkim border, 'Paltan' showcases an untold story of the Indian forces facing off in an intense battle to ward off a Chinese infiltration.
The national award-winning director, J P Dutta has earlier treated the audience with war films like 'Border', 'LOC Kargil', and 'Refugee' among others.
The third film of the war trilogy will see an ensemble cast featuring Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Harshvardhan Rane, Gurmeet Choudhary, Abdul Qadir Amin, Sonu Sood, Sonal Chauhan, Esha Gupta, Monica Gill, Rohit Roy, Siddhant Kapoor, Luv Sinha, and Dipika Kakar.
With power-packed performances, the film promises to tell the riveting, untold story of the bravest of Indian soldiers who fought with their brothers next to them till the end.
Presented by Zee Studios and produced by J P Dutta Films, 'Paltan' is slated to release on September 7. (UNI)