Kashmir has been a bone of contention for two nations since they were created 63 years ago. Kashmir, has become just another pawn in the game of politics. Once termed “paradise on earth” by a poet, Kashmir has turned into a living hell for those who inhabit that part of the world. Forces, both military and militant have raped the land and left her bleeding to die. And no one is here to talk about Kashmir. About Kashmiris.
Rahul Dholakia’s film on the problems facing the state of Kashmir is not extra ordinary. It does not boast of cinematic excellence. It is a work of fiction where true stories stare you at the face. In Parzania, Dholakia had skirted all controversies and highlighted the trauma of a mother who had lost her child in the 2002 riots. The humane touch remains in Lamhaa because Kashmir has seen more devastation,bloodshed and destruction than any other state in India.
Forces working outside India had been operating since 1989 to destabilise Kashmir and plunge it into anarchy so that they can rinse the state off all all it’s resources. The Indian armed forces and political bodies added to the misery of the people and fished in troubled waters.
In November 2008 Kolkata had witnessed mini riots over a remark by a writer against a particular religion, and curfew was imposed on parts of the city. Media was furious at the plight of how rightful citizens of the city have to take permission from paramilitary forces to venture out of their homes. And look at the hapless Kashmiris who are doing it for 20 years. They are not safe even inside their homes. They either fall to the bullets of the militants or the military.
The system fools people with the carrot of “Azaadi” and they follow these selfish greedy men in the path of self destruction. In the name of Religion, in the name of Jihad, in the name of “Kashmiriyat”.
The only hope can be the free thinking youth. The liberal youth, who have a mind of their won. Cheated by India and Pakistan both, Kashmir must live on….
P.S. 1. Direction of photography could have been better (Kashmir is a BEAUTIFUL place and i wish to visit it at least once before i die or better die in the valleys of Kashmir)
2. The plot was predictable and direction was average. Acting was precisely perfect. Crisp Narrative. The sense of optimism and the sympathy for the characters keep you hooked to the film. And if you are an emotional person like me you might even shed a tear in the scene where the widow meets the Superintendent of Police.
3. This is more than a review. I have expressed my views on Kashmir. Not diplomatic, not political, direct from the heart. Hope it touches a chord.
Rating : 3.5/5 from my side. I am being generous. Everyone must watch it to feel the pain and anguish of the people. Passing judgement sitting in the safe havens of our homes, terming stone pelters anti-national, terrorist is easy, living in their situations for 20 years is not.