1971: Beyond Borders

Synopsis: The story of the 1971 war between India and Pakistan is told from the perspective of a soldier.
135 min

At every corner of the world,

wars and civil riots

do not originate,

just as a civil issue of the

people of that particular country.

The business interests & calculations

of super-powers who control the world,

were behind them.

In 1971, India and Pakistan

became the third world preys,

of this political horse

trading and a weapons deal.

Even though it is generally

referred to as the Bangladesh war,

the war was fought primarily

between India & Pakistan.

At the border states of

India on the Western Front,

including Rajasthan,

Gujarat & Punjab;

Along with the political

motives of America & China,

when Pakistan started

forcing its political might

and barbaric cruelty

over East Pakistan;

Iakhs of people who had

enough of their lives there,

came knocking on India's

border gates for refuge.

Foreseeing a disaster,

India warned the global powers

including America & China.

It was also an issue of the

internal security of our nation.

The global powers including America

ignored India's cries for help,

and supported Pakistan instead.

Their objective was

not to help Pakistan.

Instead, it was a

well-planned weapons deal.

Even though they knew that war

can only bring pain & loss,

India finally opened our

border gates for the refugees.

Lakhs of refugees from Bangladesh,

crossed the Indian border and came here.

It was also the

arrival of a war.

In the war at

the Western Front,

the brave leader of Indian Army's

33 Grenadiers, Major Sahadevan;

Lieutenant Chinmay,

Pakistan Army's Lieutenant

Colonel Moham med Akram Raja.

This film portrays the sacrifices

made by these brave men.

Through that, it also talks about

many unknown brave soldiers,

who sacrifice their

lives at our borders,

trying to safeguard the

lives of our people.

It is also the story of the

patriotism of many helpless people,

who fought amongst themselves,

and became martyrs for someone

else's vested interests & political gains!

Atruthful portrayal of

their devastated lives,

and broken dreams.

This film is a fitting tribute to

those helpless, small & large lives.

46 years have passed.

In a society where people forget

even their parents' death anniversaries,

because of their busy lives,

there are some people.

Some soldiers who are alive.

Wherever they are,

they never forget their colleagues who

sacrificed their lives for their country,

on every anniversary

of their victories.

This is their story.


This country is so beautiful!

However beautiful it may be,

it's not as beautiful

as our Pakistan!

What are you saying, brother?

We've been travelling for so long, and

we haven't seen even a single girl.

Talking about girls"

Entire India is crazy about

our girls in Pakistan!

That's absolutely right!

This place is so silent.

Then why were we

sent here to rot?


Go back.


Turn right from here.


Two of you, to the left!

Two of you, to the right!

Give him back-up!

Check on Rahim!

- Okay Sir!

I think we're trapped, Sir.

Cover that side.

Don't step out!



What were you thinking?

By the way.

I haven't seen you guys earlier.

Sorry Sir.

Actually, we took over from the

previous battalion last night, Sir.

You fool! If something

had happened to you..

It was nice to hear an Indian soldier

asking if we were all right.

That too, to a Pakistani soldier.

That concern made me smile, Sir.


Nothing, Sir.

It just struck me that our battalions

are meeting after 46 years.

Back then, you killed 283

soldiers, including a CO.

And today, you risked your

lives to save our lives!

My best wishes for the

Battle Honours Day, Sir.

If you don't mind, you can

join us for the celebration.

Why would I mind, Sir?

We will be delighted to come!

Sir, do you think they'll come?

I'm sure!

The celebration is at

the desert base cam p.

I know!

Inform them the location!


Long Live India!

They want you to talk

about today's operation.

Who is the Public

Relations Officer here?

It's me.

So you deal them.

Sir, I have never given an

interview to the media so far.

Then give it today!

Do you know which battalion saved us?


How does that matter'?

It does matter!

33 Grenadiers.

You should definitely

go for the party.

And tell them,

that a Pakistani mother;

has sent her gratitude,

and blessings.


We Indians never consider

anyone as our enemies.

We have definitely fought wars.

And during those wars, we

have killed many as well.

Our circumstances were such.

Back then, we had orders to kill;

and today, to save them.

And, Long Live India!

Long Live India!

We should be thanking

you, Colonel Sir.

I have a request.

Please tell me.

Wow, Colonel!

Your Urdu is wonderful!

Ajmal Sir, we Indians

are like that.

It is our duty to

make others happy.

Athithi Devo Bhava!

(Our guest is equivalent to God)

Please tell me what

your request is.

Colonel Sir,

If I have your permission,

I want to speak a few

words to your troop.


While I was coming for

this celebration,

I was thinking about Colonel Raja,

who was granted martyrdom

by your battalion.

I spoke to his wife,

and told her about the incident

that happened this morning.

And asked her for

permission to come here.

She gave me permission.

She also asked me to

convey her gratitude.

That gratitude wasn't

for saving our lives.

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Shiju Nambyath

Shiju Nambyath, is a Script Writer and Dialogue writer in Malayalam cinema. He was born to Sri. K. C Thankappan and Smt. N.K Pankajakshi in Palakulam, Alappuzha district on 6 June 1973. more…

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