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Times of India
The film chronicles the friendship between two soldiers from India and Pakistan, who develop an emotional bond despite the tensions between the two countries.
Filmmaker Major Ravi strikes again with a movie laced with patriotism, but there is more to it than meets the eye. Unlike his previous outings that revolve around social themes, war and gunfights; Picket 43 captures the lives of two isolated soldiers, from India and Pakistan, who have newly taken the charge at their respective outposts. After the death of three soldiers at Picket 43, Havildar Harindran (Prithviraj) is sent to the post that had earlier witnessed several militant attacks. The actor has done justice to the role of a patriotic military officer. Bollywood actor Javed Jaffrey, who is known for his comic timings, has thrown up a brilliant performance as Musharraf, the Pakistani soldier posted at an outpost, just 20 metres away from the Indian one.
Despite their struggle to save their respective nations, the two soldiers develop a strong emotional bond. They cook food together, sing songs, play volleyball and exchange stories. The movie also pans through the personal lives of these army men, who are missing their families and have left behind their sorrows to protect their country.
Other performances that sustain the film - Renji Panicker as Vinay Chandran, commanding officer who is deadly serious and has managed to come up with a power-packed performance. Not to forget the mention of Bacardi, the army dog who is sent to Picket 43 along with Havildar Harindran and tags along as a loyal servant.
The soothing music has blended well with the breath-taking visuals of Kashmir captured by cinematographer Jomon T John. The laughs induced in the film are due to performances of the actors than the sense of humour in the story. At the time of war and tensions existing between the two countries, the director, true to his nature, has stitched a film that says- let humanity prevail and the countries live in peace.
Fahad's convincing performance as the raw, uncouth fisherman is the only saving grace of the film. Irshad also plays the role of his fellow rowdy 'Kaala' to perfection while Manoj K Jayan as the foster father commands screen presence.