1971 - Notepad

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

Story-story-story! Not that this subject has been dealt with earlier. And even if the other aspects are just a little above average, it’s the details in the story itself and the narration style that make this movie worth watching. Certainly worth a watch.



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Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

Indian soldiers fighting the war of 1971 were held as prisoners of war in Pakistan. But, no one except a few Pakistani Military heads knew of their existence. Pakistan clearly denied any Prisoners of War being detained. Six years later, with no hope of repatriation, six of them make a plan to escape from the detention camp. How they do it and do they succeed? Find out in a theater.

What Worked

  • The top angle shot in which the Pakistani Army searches Muzzafarbad.
  • The drop of blood shown falling on the ground. One of those gory things that is picturised beautifully.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

Just because this list is relatively longer, doesn't mean I have to hate the movie. My overall rating indicates the general feeling I have while leaving the theatre. These just happened to be some things that did not work.

  • How come the hotel owners don't get suspicious/concerned about an injured soldier?
  • The cinematic liberty taken to show the heroic nature of Flight Lt. Ram. Your heart claps for him, but the unrealistic portrayal seems out of place.
  • The fight between the Human Rights Activist and the Pakistani military leaders. It looked like a verbal street fight, could have been done with more elegance, like the rest of the movie.


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • In the scene in which Subedar Ahmed is reading an Urdu newspaper, it seems like he is reading it from left to right. Sentences in Urdu are written right to left.
  • What was the white piece of clothing they were dyeing?
  • The helicopter pilot, what position was he at? How come he was passing orders all along? Can't resist repeating this - why did he have a Dev Anand style of dialogue delivery.
  • Why was Major Suraj Singh trying to start the vehicle when he knew it had run out of petrol?
  • This one is not related to the movie, but wanted to mention it. I loved the animation of the 'Studio 10' logo.