Mohanlal appears in dual roles as army officers Mahadevan and Sahadevan in the directorial venture of Major Ravi. The movie is the fourth instalment of Major Mahadevan series after the successful films Keerthi Chakra, Kurukshetra and Kandahar. The war drama marks the Mollywood debut of Telugu actor Allu Sirish and Bollywood artist Arunoday Singh, who will be seen as Lieutenant Chinmay and Lieutenant colonel Rana Sharif, respectively.
Economically speaking, Malayalam films have been doing great business of late. The industry owes much credit to Mohanlal, whose Oppam, Pulimurugan and ?Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol were highly successful at the box office. Is that the reason why Mohanlal has tried and tested the same formula in this period war film too.
Inspired by true events in the lives of Param Vir Chakra recipients, 1971 Beyond Borders takes us back in time and depicts the warfare between India and Pakistan in 1971. In the beginning, we see Colonel Mahadevan (Mohanlal) rescuing the life of a Pakistani commander and his team during a UN mission. When Mahadevan asks the commander if his team is hurt, the latter smirks.
The Positives in the movie are the usage of battle tanks in a Malayalam film, a strong theme supported by powerful performances, brilliant cinematography, good cuts, the captivating music and the enthralling background score. People with good knowledge in English, Hindi and Tamil along with Malayalam will understand the movie to its core.