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Punjab CM to urge Defence Minister to simplify clearances for war movies & biopics

Chandigarh, February 12:

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today said he would urge the Defence Minister to simplify and expedite clearances required for shooting war movies and biopics on war heroes.

Captain Amarinder made this assurance to Producer-Director JP Dutta, when the latter called on the Chief Minister, along with the team of his next movie, Paltan. The movie is centered around the 1967 India-China clashes at Nathu La (Sikkim).

Dutta, who is currently shooting for the movie in Punjab, said film-makers were seriously constraint by the fact that multiple clearances were required while making defence-related movies. This led to major delays, often deterring film-makers from making such movies, said Dutta.

Sharing the film-maker’s concern, the Chief Minister said he would raise the issue with the Defence Minister. It was in the interest of the defence forces as such movies could help inspire youngsters to join the armed forces, said Captain Amarinder, himself an ex-Army official and a military historian.

Dutta, who has given the film industry some of the best war dramas of all time, including the National Award winning `Border’, thanked the Chief Minister for hosting him and his team for lunch.

Dutta was accompanied by Sonu Sood, Arjun Rampal, Sonal Chauhan, Monica Gill, Gautam, Nidhi Dutta, Gurmeet Choudhary, Luv Sinha and Harshvardhan Rane.