Border Bros: Bees Saal Baad

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Border Bros: Bees Saal Baad

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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f J P Dutta’s Border set fire to our averagely patriotic hearts 20 years ago, it would have burnt us to a crisp had it released now in the Year of Saffron and Cow.

The movie, neither anywhere close to a war epic nor a watershed production in the history of Indian cinema (as some thumping hearts will have you believe), was an honest attempt at juicing every red-blooded Indian for as much patriotic fervour that could possibly be juiced in three hours. (I’m amazed it didn’t enter the Guinness Book of World Records.)

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