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J.P.Dutta's journey as a director
28th June 2000  
By ApunKaChoice Bureau  

J P Dutta's journey as a director began 20 years ago when just after graduation he began working as an assistant director to Randhir Kapoor.

Dutta soon grasped all the aspects of filmmaking and learnt to coordinate its various elements -actors, technicians, post-production work. By the time he was 26 years old he was ready to make his maiden directorial venture - 'Sarhad', a multi-starrer.

Since then J P Dutta has been growing as a filmmaker. However, there were times when his Herculean efforts in films like 'Batwara', 'Hatyara' and 'Yateem' did not bring success. But undeterred, J.P kept spirits up and worked hard on every project he undertook.

The turning point in his career as a director came when he began his journey as a producer with 'Border', which became his most lauded film.

J P candidly admits: "Having turned producer, I feel my journey as a filmmaker has just begun, because now I can work on my own terms. Now I have the liberty of playing with my own stakes and make the films on the subjects I believe in."

After the success of 'Border', J.P. Dutta is ready to deliver the second blockbuster 'Refugee'. This time, however, the critics and the cine-lovers have loftier expectations from him than before. And to live up to these expectations J.P. had to work twice as much and he admits that 'Refugee' will either make him or break him.

Refugee has already gathered much pre-release hype mainly because of being the launching vehicle of Abhishek Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor.

In his recent films J.P. Dutta has raised contemporary issues like the Indo-Pak rivalry, the bitter seed of animosity rooted within the hearts of those living on both the sides of the border, and the horrendous killing and deaths that result from such animosity. But more than that, by having hands on experience over the years he has acquired the character of a good storyteller. Well, isn't filmmaking after all the art of storytelling?