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Movie Review: 72 Hours – A Relevant Story Which Is Laced With Mediocre Execution


72 Hours: Martyr Who Never Died, directed by Avinash Dhyani, is based on the real-life story of Rifleman Jaswant Singh Rawat, from 4th Garhwal Battalion, who fought during the Indo-China war of 1962.

This film tells the tale of the braveheart’s unfathomable determination to guard Nurunaang Base in Arunachal Pradesh from Chinese soldiers, formerly known as NEFA border, by fighting in extreme weather conditions and no back-up whatsoever.

Jaswant Singh Rawat (Avinash Dhyani), was deployed to the war-torn region of Arunachal Pradesh. The story is about how one soldier braves extreme weather conditions and fights against all odds to protect Indian borders from its international enemies.

Alka Ameen and Virendra Saxena, who essay the role of Jaswant Singh Rawat’s parents belt out a rock solid performance.

In all this, we also have a love story, between Noora (Yeshi Dema) and the soldier is never given a chance to blossom, either. It actually sticks out like a sore thumb.

72 Hours: Martyr Who Never Died starts on a high patriotic note, but as the film proceeds it starts to become a monologue. The film loses its touch and goes on to become a long boring tale.

On November 17, 1962, Indian soldiers were attacked by the Chinese Army with 300 soldiers at what was then the North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) border in Arunachal Pradesh. The movie depicts the valour of Jaswant Singh Rawat and others which is now part of a legend.

All in all, 72 Hours: Martyr Who Never Died, is a film which is laced with below average writing, average production values and poor direction. The film could have been a masterpiece, but then it turns out to be a boring and a drab tale. Avoid watching this one and wait for it to come on television or on an OTT platform.

Rating: One Star


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