Mo­han­lal takes on a mil­i­tary role

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Ma­jor Ravi must right­fully be given the credit of bring­ing well-crafted war films to Malay­alam cinema. His own ex­pe­ri­ence as an army man has come in handy in di­rect­ing films that ex­uded a sense of re­al­ism in war se­quences. While he might have oc­ca­sion­ally lost the plot, he has proven that he knows the craft of films cen­tred on war and cross-border strife, es­pe­cially with Picket 43.

Now he is back with an out-and-out war film, com­plete with all the JP Dutta-es­que ele­ments of fam­ily, call of duty, brother­hood, chivalry and loud notes of pa­tri­o­tism. 1971:

Be­yond Bor­ders is now play­ing at theatres in the UAE. With Mo­han­lal repris­ing the role of Ma­jor Ma­hade­van, the can­vas of the film is big­ger. It goes right back to the fierce 1971 war waged be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, and has Mo­han­lal play­ing the un­beat­able hero, saluted even by foes.

Also star­ring Arun­o­day Singh, Allu Sirish, Sud­heer Kara­mana, Saiju Ku­rup and Asha Sharath, among oth­ers, the film opened to mixed re­views in Ker­ala. But if you bring down your ex­pec­ta­tions a few notches, maybe this war film could make the week­end trip to theatres worth­while.

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