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Shikara: Vidhu Vinod Chopra Holds A Special Screening Of The Exodus Of Kashmiri Pandits

January 20th, 2020 | by vBollywood Author
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Shikara: Vidhu Vinod Chopra Holds A Special Screening Of The Exodus Of Kashmiri Pandits
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On the 30th anniversary of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra held a special screening of his upcoming movie “Shikara: The Untold Story Of Kashmiri Pandits” for Kashmiri Pandits on Sunday.

The special screening was attended by over 200 Kashmiri Pandits, including many refugees from Jagti migrant camp in Jammu, out of which a few have even worked on the film. As an exception, Vidhu Vinod watched the film on the big screen.

“I am a filmmaker. I am not too good when it comes to speaking… That’s why I decided to show you. You all came from Jammu especially for this I am thankful to everyone. This film is about you and for you. Making this film is a way to thank you all,” the filmmaker said as he was present to welcome his guests for the screening.

The “3 Idiots” producer has directed, edited and produced “Shikara” in association with Fox Star Studios.

“Shikara” is said to be a “story of resilience in the face of insurmountable odds. It’s also the story of a love that remains unextinguished through 30 years of exile. This is a timeless love story in difficult times.

“Shikara” is about the issue of ethnic cleansing and riots that took place in 1989 in Kashmir. The film chronicles the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir on the night of January 19, 1990 through the story of Shiv Kumar Dhar (essayed by Aadil Khan) and Shanti Dhar (essayed by Sadia). The film also shows romance in the conflict-ridden state of Kashmir.

The film is very close to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who is the director after his directorial “Eklavya: The Royal Guard” that had hit the screens in 2007.

At the mega event on Sunday, the director showed his gratitude to the Kashmiri Pandits through a short clip, navigating the journey of making the film.

“We want to say thank you to all for everything, for patience, for strength, courage for reliving it all and trusting us to tell your story. Thousands of you made the film. Thank you,” read a message in the clip.

The filmmaker, who got emotional while talking about the film on several instances, admitted that making the movie was “very difficult”.

“It took me 11 years to make the film. I wouldn’t have made it without you all. Sometimes, I used to get tired but you gave me the motivation to carry on. I am getting emotional because this is not just a film, but our life’s story,” he shared.

The filmmaker presented glimpses of how he got strength from the people while shooting with another video. In the video, Kashmiri Pandits can be seen singing and dancing together and making the most of the moment.

The film will release on February 7.

Photo courtesy: www.koimoi.com

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