Almost three decades after Kashmiri pandits were forced to flee Jammu and Kashmir in an infamous human-exodus, Bollywood is set to picture the ordeal in Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s directed Shikara.
The movie will take you back to the 1990s when all of it started. The movie stars a married Kashmiri Hindu couple Shanti and Shiv Kumar depicting their ordeal amidst the atrocities and life aftermath.
Independent India’s most infamous exodus has not garnered much attention from the Bollywood due to the sensitivity of the topic. However, that seems to be changing.
With the movie, two new faces Sadia (playing Shanti) and Aadil Khan (playing Shiv) will make their debut in the Bollywood. The duo, portraying victims of the harrowing exodus in their debut feature, looks promising and so in love in the trailer.
For context, during 1989 and 1990, the Hindus in the valley were forced to flee the same. They were targeted by militant groups and Kashmiri insurgents such as the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF). Over 200 people were killed during the period and thousands evacuated.
Shikara will also mark Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s comeback in the Bollywood after 13 years. The last movie he directed was Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007). However, between the gap, VV had directed an English-language film Broken Horses, which was a box-office bomb.
Shikara is set to release on 7 February and will clash with Disha Patani and Aditya Roy Kapur starrer Malang. As far as the clash is concerned, the audience might prefer Malang for two reasons.
Firstly, because of its suspense-filled trailer and secondly, because Shikara is a very emotional and painful portrayal of what had happened in Kashmir. And people usually part ways from such kind of content.
The music in Shikara has been composed by AR Rahman so expect some surprises.