August 11, 2010 03:51:29 PM IST A S Mitra, Bollywood Trade News Network
In a tribute to his brother Deepak, a squadron leader in the Indian Air Force, J P Dutta wishes to do the same by starting work on the final film aimed to complete his war trilogy after BORDER and LOC.
Stars likes Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Anil Kapoor, Irrfan Khan and Naseeruddin Shah have been signed for the film while the director is also in talks with Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Abhishek Bachchan to get them on board.
Dutta had dedicated all his war films to brother Deepak. In fact, Dutta's first film as a director, SARHAD that featured Vinod Khanna was in memory of his brother but the film was never completed.
Despite the belief that war films don't work these days, Dutta seems optimistic as he describes his new war film 'as the most challenging one he has ever made' as it's going to be a very expensive project.
Presently, Dutta is busy meeting officials of various ministries of the Indian government to attain permission to shoot the film in war-sensitive areas. Admits Dutta, "While I was making BORDER and LOC, the Indian government was very kind to me as they co-operated a lot with me. They probably think that I know what I am doing when I'm dealing with the topic of war."
Dutta is hopeful of receiving the same level of support from the government as he did with his previous projects.