Director / Story Writer / Screenwriter Hindi
J. P. Dutta Biography
Birth Name: Jyoti Prakash Dutta
Born : 03 October 1949, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Height: 5′ 9″ (1.8 m)
JP Dutta's ambitious multi-starrer war saga Border (1997) had an ensemble cast that included Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Tabu and Pooja Bhatt, and drew inspiration from a real-life incident during the Indo-Pak war of 1971 when a small band of soldiers of the Punjab regiment defended their post against an entire division of the enemy infantry in a night-long resistance. This was perhaps the only film apart from Chetan Anand’s Haqeeqat (1964) that staged such elaborate war sequences and focused entirely on the travails of soldiers on the frontlines. Javed Akhtar’s lyrics and Anu Malik’s music articulated the mixed emotions of the jawans and officers as they left their homes and families not knowing if and when they would return through songs like “Sandese aate hain”, beautifully rendered by Sonu Nigam and Roopkumar Rathod. JP Dutta won the National Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for this film.
JP Dutta also launched Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor in Refugee (2000) and tried to replicate the magic of Border with LOC Kargil (2003) by using a similar cast and infusing the film with patriotic fervour, yet he did not find the same degree of success. In 2006, he attempted a remake of Muzaffar Ali’s classic Umrao Jaan (1981) starring Aishwarya Rai, which ended up being a critical and commercial failure.
JP Dutta owns the film production company that is named J P Gene. He is married to Bindiya Goswami, who was a popular actress in the 1970s.
- Bindiya Goswami (16 November 1985)