After 15 long years, JP Dutta has finally announced the making of not one, but two sequels to the 1997 blockbuster Border.
Confirming the news, Dutta told a popular tabloid, “I am working on both Border 2 and Border 3. But I can’t reveal much about them right now. I’ve to sort out certain vital issues before I can go public with my plans. But yes, it’s August 15 and I remember my late brother Deepak who was in the air force. All my war films are dedicated to him.”
The 1997 super hit film talks about the 1971 Indo-Pak war. However, the sequel will not be a continuation of the original script.
Giving more details about the film, a source tells, “JP hasn’t directed a film in a long time. He had been struggling to put together two war epics – Border 2 and 3. Also, he lost his father P Dutta last year. Thus far, the senior Dutta had been writing all his films. With him gone, JP had to find his way through the lives of the many characters that will be a part of the two Border films. Each film is budgeted at approximately Rs 65 crore.”
Reports state that Dutta is trying to get the permission of the Indian Govt to shoot at security sensitive places and use military equipment.
Added the source, “He has been busy traveling to Delhi and meeting ministers and Defence officers for the last two years. JP needs to shoot the films in war sensitive areas. He will require army equipment. And thus the support of the Defence ministry was necessary. He’s finally got the approval.”
From its original cast, only Suniel Shetty will make a comeback in the sequel. In July, he confirmed the news saying, “I’m playing an army officer in Border 2.” The rest of the cast will be a different bunch of actors.
If all goes as planned, the first sequel will release later this year.