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Picket 43

Synopsis/Plot : Hareendranath Nair (played by Prithviraj) is an Indian soldier guarding an Indian picket in Kashmir. He happens to meet a Pakistani soldier Mushraff (played by Javed Jaffrey) on one fine day. They immediately relate to each other and despite of being from different countries they seem to understand each other better than anyone else. They eventually become close friends and start to enhance the morale of each other. However, their friendship raises suspicions among others. They even put into question the genuineness of their patriotism which break their heart. They find themselves in nether world and the story proceeds to tell the hardship they have to go through for their friendship. It is not just with the Pakistani soldier he shares special bond, he also considers a dog by the name Baccardi as his companion. He even does not permit anyone to call him dog. He confides in the dog his inner thoughts and emotions which lifts his spirit slightly even at the most difficult times. Overall, instead of focusing on devastating wars and the like, the movie deals more with the psychological trauma a soldier has to go through in order to safeguard his motherland. It also throws light on the fact that friendship is not based on certain rules or conventions and that the key factor for a true friendship is to have a better understanding and compassion for each other. It also explains how a faithful dog can turn out to be your confidante when you feel alone and dejected.

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3.25

Best film in Major Ravi�s oeuvre

The film, directed by Major Ravi, is about the friendship between the Indian soldier and his Pakistani counterpart guarding Picket 43 across the Line of Control.Initially, it looks like we will, for once, hear a humane story about war. But as the film proceeds it is back to the old jingoism.Scriptwr...(more)

Source: Paresh C Palicha , Rediff.com

3.50

It is a fairly interesting watch

Picket 43 has its moments for sure and it generates a sense of pride and tremendous appreciation about the soldiers who risk their lives to protect the rest of us in India. This film is far from perfect, but is a fairly engaging one for sure.(more)

Source: Editorial board, Sify.com

3.50

A watchable tale of transformation and friendship

Major Ravi has definitely given us a watchable movie given his previous debacles. Along with brilliant character depictions, the technical brilliance is note worthy. Picket 43 is not an extraordinary movie, but it holds us with its emotional and thematic quotient.(more)

Source: Editorial board, IndiaGlitz.com

3.75

Major Ravi Makes Comeback

Director Major Ravi takes this as a psychological treatment in a Army man point of view. As usual he shares more detail about Army compare with other movies. Prithvi Raj reaches another milestone in his acting. He has to tell his thought in facial expressions. He has done a very good job. That Dog i...(more)

Source: Nicy V.P, IBtimes.com