Border 2: Sunny Deol announces sequel to the original war epic after 27 years

Sunny Deol in 'Border' (1997)
Still from the 1997 film 'Border' (Photo Courtesy: Free Press Journal)
Sunny Deol in 'Border' (1997)
Still from the 1997 film ‘Border’
(Photo Courtesy: Free Press Journal)

On the 27th anniversary of the blockbuster war film ‘Border’, actor Sunny Deol on Thursday announced the sequel to the original cult film. The Bollywood star shared this news on his official Instagram handle, thus making his return to the ‘Border 2’ official. 

Touted by the makers as “India’s biggest war film”, Border 2 will reportedly be directed by Anurag Singh, known for being the director of ‘Kesari’, ‘Dil Bole Hadippa!’, and the first two films in the “Jatt & Juliet” franchise. JP Dutta, director of the first Border film, will work as a Producer in ‘Border 2’ along with his daughter Nidhi Dutt under the umbrella of JP Films. Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar will also produce the new movie under the banner of T-Series. 

“Ek fauji apne 27 saal purane waade ko pura karne, aa raha hai phirse. India’s biggest war film, #Border2. Produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, JP Dutta & Nidhi Dutta will be directed by Anurag Singh #TSeries #JPFilms”, wrote Sunny Deol on his Instagram handle. However, the makers have yet to announce the rest of the cast for the film. 

JP Dutta’s ‘Border’, released in 1997, was based on the events of Battle of Longewala during the India-Pakistan War of 1971. Boasting of a star-studded cast of Sunny Deol, Suniel Shetty, Akshay Khanna, Jackie Shroff, Pooja Bhatt, Tabu, Kulbhushan Kharbanda,Puneet Issar, among others, the film was one of the highest grossing films of that year. The film also managed to bag three National Film Awards – Best Film on National Integration, Best Lyricist for Akhtar, and Best Playback Singer (Male) for Hariharan (“Mere Dushman, Mere Bhai”). 

On the occasion of the 27th anniversary of ‘Border’, JP Dutta had a talk with Zoom where he recalled the shooting days of his war epic. “There was a lot of junoon and passion behind that film. Although we didn’t have the financial resources of international war epics Dunkirk or 1917, we made it exactly the way we wanted to without compromise. All the actors Sunny Deol, Akshaye Khanna, Tabu, Pooja Bhatt, etc were fiercely dedicated. They spent months in locations where there were no amenities, forget luxury hotels”, said the veteran filmmaker. 

Meanwhile, the official release date of ‘Border 2’ is yet to be announced. 

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