Web Series: 1962: The War in the Hills
1962: The War in the Hills Cast: Abhay Deol, Mahie Gill, Summet Vyas, Akash Thosar, Meiyang Chang
1962: The War in the Hills Director: Mahesh Manjrekar
Streaming On: Disney Hotstar
The Deol family has a rich and proud tradition of war films in Bollywood. While
Dharmendra was a part of Indian cinema's first great war movie, Haqeeqat (1964), followed by even better one in Lalkar (1972), Sunny Deol headlined the biggest hit ever as far as war movies go in the Hindi film industry — Border (1997). And while it wasn't as big a hit or taken in the same breath today, Bobby Deol's Tango Charlie (2005) was a critical darling and has since done pretty well on its TV reruns. So, does Abhay Deol take his place among this pantheon with his new web series, 1962: The War in the Hills, directed Mahesh Manjrekar of Vaastav fame. Read the review to find out. Scroll down for my full 1962: The War in the Hills review...
What's it about
As the title suggests, 1962 The War in the Hills is inspired by true events during the 1962 Indo-China War, where not more than a fistful of 125 Indian soldiers, belonging to battalion C Company, led by Major Suraj Singh (
Abhay Deol), held off an invading force of 3000 Chinese soldiers at the strategic Galwan Valley, thus thwarting their ultimate goal to capture Ladakh and take over a prime airstrip instrumental to the war effort.
Check out the 1962: The War in the Hills trailer here... VIDEO
To see Abhay Deol back on the screen is a delight in itself. The actor's craft where he aces the minutest nuances of the character he plays, is perhaps one big highlight of the film. Abhay's co-stars Mahie Gill, Summet Vyas, Akash Thosar, Meiyang Chang impress as well and are given enough screen time to engage and strike a chord with the audience through their stories. 1962 The War in the Hills may be a war film but it brings a mix of life beyond the border, drama, emotions and thrill. And if you are wondering if it is too heavy a war series that you may not want to spend your weekend watching, there are enough and more comic moments as well to ensure you are entertained.
In any war story, there is the army and then the enemy and the makers go to extremes to show the other side in a bad light. But in 1962 The War In The Hills, showcasing the Chinese as pure evil' rather than soldiers just doing their duty, comes across as a little exaggerated. Another low is the backstories of Indian armymen that are setup during the tackiest sports event ever and Abhay Deol firing his gun like a 6-year old would play chor-police to the most cringeworthy dialogue, and cliche, predictable scenes. In terms of authentically displaying the facts of the time (a modern-day Royal Enfield motorbike is shown in 1962 and the brand is clearly visible in a monkey cap worn by a local in Ladakh). Technically, too, the web series could have done a lot better. The editing comes across as shoddy and the background score seldom evokes the intended feeling of inspiration and patriotism.
If the intention behind the makers of 1962: The War in the Hills was to evoke a sense of patriotism and inspire the youth to gravitate toward the armed forces, then they have missed the mark. We expected a lot more from
Mahesh Manjrekar, the Director of the masterpiece, Vaastav, and other noteworthy Bollywood and Marathi movies. I'm going with 3/5 stars.
3 out of 5
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