New Movie Shikara Review: Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s love letter from Kashmir
Shikara is a story of love and courage. It makes you believe in love and that only love can win the war. At the same time, it makes you think about the cause of everything that happened and ask, why?
Shikara is a 2020 language Hindi love drama film produced and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film is based on the love story of the Kashmiri Pandit couple during the uprising in Jammu and Kashmir during the 1990s and the subsequent migration of the Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley. The film was released on February 7, 2020.
Director – Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Authors – Vidhu Vinod ChopraAbhijat JoshiRahul Pandita
The stars – Sadia KhateebAadil KhanZain Khan Durrani
January 19, 1990, was a dark night for all the Kashmiri Pandits who had to flee their beautiful homes in the Valley to live the life of refugees in their own country. Thirty years after the mass exodus of 4 lakh Pandits, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who had to leave his home in Kashmir, made a film telling the world about the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits in Shikara.
In a political situation where Kashmiri Pandits is being used to spread hatred, Chopra has decided to tell a love story. Shikara is heartbroken, it will leave you wondering how people have died and how greed and hatred can damage the sky.
But it does not make you hate a particular community. Shikara encourages hope and courage. It makes you believe in love and that only love can win the war. At the same time, it makes you think about the cause of everything that happened and ask, why?
Shiv Kumar Dhar (Aadil Khan) and Shanti (Sadia) can be hopeful that they think they can overcome any situation with love. They are getting married and starting a new life in their new home, Shikara.
Civil unrest in Kashmir is on the rise as Kashmiri Muslim youths take up arms to fight for their freedom. Candidate Pandits are being asked to leave the village with death threats and explosions.
But the educated Kashmiri Pandit community believes it will shrink in the end. Years pass and violence escalates in the Valley and on January 19, 1990, they discover what they never thought they could find.
With thousands of other Kashmiri Pandits, Shiv and Shanti came to Jammu to begin a new life in a refugee camp where they lived in tents made of sheets, then finished a little harder and headed for a smaller quarter.
But are they complaining? No. Shiv, who lost his brother Naveen to gunfire, is writing letters to the President of the United States informing him of the violence caused by their guns.
Shikara has a few moments where you feel tears welling up in your eyes, sometimes happy and many times sad. Shanti’s great joy in reading the letter of appreciation for Shiv’s Phd’s acceptance of the PhD and saying, “Ab aap tik-tik masterji nahi rahe. Ab aap professor Saab ho gye hai,” makes you join Dhars in this celebration.
The situation where a group of Kashmiri Pandit children seems to be rejecting social slogans such as, “Mandir vahi banaenge,” holding cricket bats in their hands shows how the minds of young people are affected by what they see.
However, how Shiv and Shanti turned the abuse of these children into education for a peaceful future shows how the right kind of deception can help make lives better. Leader Nadu, who led a group of boys, became a neurosurgeon as he grew up. While this story keeps you engaged, it becomes a little boring and can predict in the second half.
The director is very focused on Shiv and Shanti’s love affair, which we understand to be a deliberate attempt, but many would complain that it completely ignores the other side’s story. The screenplay, written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rahul Pandita and Abhijat Joshi, perfectly combines real events with a fictional love story.
Rahul Pandita, an eyewitness to the horrific migration, brought many stories of his life on the big screen about Shikara. The area where people in the refugee camp run after the car to get tomatoes is still being distributed by a political party is what Rahul Pandita saw before his eyes.
Newcomers Sadia and Aadil Khan look gorgeous together. While irresistible as young couples, they look ridiculous in places where they are portrayed as adults. Adil is very popular playing the role of the elderly Shiv Kumar Dhar. Sadia, on the other hand, is to be commended for her role as a hopeful and supportive wife. The other players are real Kashmiri Pandits from Jammu.
AR Rahman’s music performed magic in the film. Sandesh Shandilya, a musical master to bring the magnificent beauty of Kashmir to his music. Irshad Kamil’s songs provide the right support.
Vishu Vinod Chopra’s Shikara is a film in the Kashmiri Pandits crisis made with the right amount of sensitivity and sensitivity. Although heart-wrenching in many parts, it is also compelling to ask if everything was clear in black and white except for grey.
This love story of hope takes you to the world of Chopra’s love that we have seen in films like 1942: The Story of Love (1994) and Kareeb (1998). However, we have also seen films like Haider and Maachis, from the same country. Shikara does not sing into the other side of Kashmir, as we have seen in these two films. In that sense, it really leaves you wanting more.
Production And Casting:
Leading actors of Kashmiri’s birth, Aadil Khan and Sadia are thrown into borrowing authenticity. Several Kashmiri Pandits have been selected for the main characters. Also, to make the refugee camps similar to the real ones 30 years ago (19 January 1990), real refugees were thrown out.
An estimated 4,000 of the 400,000 refugees, currently residents of Jagti Nagrota Migrant Camp and other refugee camps have agreed to take part. They were women, children and adults. Scenes of the refugee camp were shot for days and nights in Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu.
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