Harman Patil (Editor)

1971: Beyond Borders

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Directed by  Major Ravi
Edited by  Samjith MHD
Cinematography  Sujith Vaassudev
Produced by  Haneef Mohammed
Director  Major Ravi
Screenplay  Shiju Nambyath
1971: Beyond Borders wwwfilmibeatcomimg201611mohanlallookin197
Written by  Major Ravi Shiju Nambyath (Dialogues)
Starring  Mohanlal Allu Sirish Arunoday Singh
Music by  Siddharth Vipin Najim Arshad Rahul Subramanian Gopi Sunder (Score)
Music director  Siddharth Vipin, Najim Arshad, Gopi Sunder
Cast  Mohanlal, Allu Sirish, Arunoday Singh
Similar  Keerthi Chakra, Kurukshetra, Kandahar, Beyond Borders, Karmayodha

1971: Beyond Borders is an upcoming Indian war drama film written and directed by Major Ravi. It is the fourth installment in the Major Mahadevan film series, with Mohanlal reprising his role as Colonel Mahadevan and an additional father character, Major Sahadevan. It also features Allu Sirish and Arunoday Singh. The film is set in two time periods and is based on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The film will release in Malayalam, Hindi, and Telugu languages.


1971: Beyond Borders Mohanlal has joined at the sets of Major Ravi39s 1971 Beyond Borders

Principal photography commenced on 31 October 2016 in Suratgarh, Rajasthan.


  • Mohanlal as Colonel Mahadevan and Major Sahadevan
  • Allu Sirish as Lieutenant Chinmay
  • Arunoday Singh as Lieutenant colonel Rana Sharif
  • Asha Sarath
  • Renji Panicker
  • Sudheer Karamana as Captain Aadhiselvam
  • Saiju Kurup
  • Priyanka Agrawal as Sharif's wife
  • Srushti Dange
  • Padmaraj Ratheesh
  • Pradeep Chandran
  • Krishna Kumar
  • Manikuttan
  • Zoya Zayed Khan as Pakistani doctor
  • Shafeeq Rahman as Jayakrishnan
  • Sudhir Sukumaran
  • Kannan Pattambi
  • Development

    1971: Beyond Borders 1971 Beyond BordersMohanlal is back in the warfront

    The film is set in two time periods, with Mohanlal playing both Major Mahadevan and his father Major Sahadevan. The film will also see his transition from a Major to a Colonel. The film is based on a true incident and explores the friendship and life of two army officials. Mohanlal will be appearing in his fourth film as Major Mahadevan after Keerthi Chakra (2006), Kurukshetra (2008), and Kandahar (2010). Ravi said in an interview in October 2015, unlike the previous films in the series, Beyond Borders will be more like his last military film Picket 43 (2015), that "the focus will be on the individuals rather than the war, and will portray the relationships that are forged during the war". Rahul Subramaniam, Siddharth Vipin, and Najim Arshad is composing the music for this film.

    1971: Beyond Borders Mohanlal has joined at the sets of Major Ravi39s 1971 Beyond Borders

    In early August 2016, Bollywood actor Arunoday Singh was confirmed playing the role of Lieutenant colonel (Lt. Col.) Rana Sharif, a soldier of Pakistan Army. Before zeroing in Singh, there were talks with other actors. Ravi was particularly looking for a Bollywood actor to play the role. Singh's character was modeled after a real life soldier in the Pakistan Frontier Force Regiment during the 1971 war. Ravi said, it is not a negative role, he is also fighting for his country and will have equal importance as Mahadevan. In 22 October 2016, Telugu actor Allu Sirish himself confirmed his role in the film by announcing in Twitter. He plays Lieutenant (Lt.) Chinmay, an armoured tank Commando, of the wing headed by Mahadevan. It is the Malayalam film debut of Sirish. Ravi was looking for younger actors to play the role. There were also negotiations with Rana Daggubati and Vijay Sethupathi for the part. Mumbai-based model Priyanka Agrawal was signed to appear as Shariff's wife, in two different appearances—as a 65 year old and as her younger self. Hers is one among the two leading female roles in the film. It is also her feature film debut.

    1971: Beyond Borders MohanlalMajor Ravi movie 1971 Beyond Borders shooting started

    In early December 2016, it was confirmed that the production team negotiated with Nikki Galrani to play a Tamilian girl, a love interest of Chinmay, played by Sirish. She was busy with her Tamil films, but seeing it as a Mohanlal film and the debut of Sirish, she agreed on verbal terms. Galrani later opted out from the film in early January 2017 due to a schedule change and conflicting date issues with some of her Tamil films in contract. Her portions opposite Sirish were supposed to be shot at Pollachi the same month. Zoya Zayed Khan was confirmed in December 2016, to play a traditional Pakistani doctor. She is acting alongside Singh. Khan was cast after a screen test. Srushti Dange replaced Nikki, making her debut into Mollywood. Shafeeq Rahman was cast as Jayakrishnan, one of the soldiers under Mahadevan's command. Saiju Kurup and Sudheer Karamana also plays soldiers, among others. Asha Sarath is paired opposite to Mohanlal's Sahadevan, the mother role of Mahadevan.


    1971: Beyond Borders Why expectations are high for Mohanlal39s 1971 Beyond Borders

    The filming commenced on 31 October 2016 at Suratgarh in Rajasthan, India. Art director Saloo K. George built huge sets resembling army camps and bunkers. Built in Kochi, Kerala they were transported to Rajasthan. The filming was conducted in the deserts of Rajasthan, the main threat was the Viper population in that area other than the weather, the crew unaware of it first, worn heavy shoes and immediately ordered antivenoms on reaching the location. Chest congestion often occurred to the crew. Sirish joined the crew on 5 November 2016. Indian army base in Arjungarh, Junagarh and Mahajan in Bikaner were some of the locations in Rajasthan. After 25 days of filming, the schedule was wrapped on 23 November 2016. There was also a schedule in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir.

    The next few schedules underwent at various location in Kerala, beginning in Pattambi, Palakkad district. The Indo-Pakistani war sequences were planned to shoot at Uganda, later they decided to film it in Georgia instead, following the Kerala schedule. After finishing in Pattambi, they shifted to nearby Ottapalam in early January 2017. Then to Perumbavoor, Ernakulam district in the third week of January 2017, where sets were built resembling North Indian borders and warfare trenches. It was constructed in a 40 acre reclaimed land near Perumbavoor. Mohanlal joined the location on 16 January 2017, filming held during day and night. The team began filming its final schedule in Georgia on 31 January 2017 for a week. Beyond Borders is the first Malayalam film to be shot in the Eurasian country. Major Mahadevan's portions was shot in Georgia who is in a UN peacekeeping mission, action sequences. The filming wrapped on 5 February 2017.


    The film will feature four songs composed by three music directors—Najim Arshad, Siddharth Vipin, and Rahul Subramanian. The film score is composed by Gopi Sunder. Singer Arshad debuts as a music director through the film. He composed a Hindi patriotic song written by a Kolkata-based lyricist named Kamal Karthik, the song come towards the end of the film. Vipin known for his compositions in Tamil films, is composing two songs—one is a romantic song picturised in the locations in Kerala. The other one is a motivational song that will follow after a speech delivered by Mohanlal's character. Subramanian composed a nostalgic song, sung by M. G. Sreekumar and featuring Mohanlal and Asha Sarath.


    The release date is yet to get an official confirmation, it is reportedly set to release on 7 April 2017. It is planned to release in Malayalam, Hindi, and Telugu languages.


    1971: Beyond Borders Wikipedia