It was just a few days ago when the abrogation of Article 370 happened, which revoked the special status given to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. And, now we have a film to understand why it all happened, a film to understand the pain of Kashmiri Pandits living there.
The trailer of Vinod Chopra's upcoming film Shikara released yesterday only and receiving so much praise already.
The trailer of the flick comes with the description:
“Shikara is the 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. A timeless love story in the worst of times.”
The film stars two new Bollywood actors: Aadil and Sadia Khan playing Shiv Kumar Dhar and Shanti Dhar, respectively. Like we mentioned above, the film tells the story of around 4,00,000 Kashmiri Pandits who had to leave the valley in 1990 in a mass exodus.
The trailer video opens with a scene showing a young couple, sitting inside their home when they see a house burning from their window. Further, every shot of the clip is then showed how Kashmiri Pandits were forced to leave their places. The newcomers, who are trying to show the condition of the community members, look promising in the trailer, especially when they show how they became refugees in their own country.
The movie has been largely shot in the Kashmir only. The film is being promoted as a story of more than 4,00,000 Kashmiri Pandits who were forced to leave their homes in the valley and depicts their love that remains unextinguished through 30 years of exile.
An author of the book, Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus Of Kashmiri Pandits, Rahul Pandita, has turned Bollywood screenwriter for the film Shikara: A Love Letter From Kashmir. Rahul has written about the hardships faced by Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to leave the valley and were targeted by militant groups in the 90s.
However, it is recorded that the film will not be completely adapted from the book. Because to highlight the tragedy witnessed by Kashmiri Pandits 30 years ago, the makers have taken the route of a love story.
Rahul had launched his book in 2013 as he has himself been a victim of that exodus. And Chopra attended the event back then. The film is very close to the director and will be the next movie of him as a director after his directorial Eklavya: The Royal Guard that had hit the screens in 2007.
The makers had given a glimpse of the film on December 20 by releasing a motion poster. They wrote,
“Witness the unravelling of a 30 year old love story...Take a look at the motion poster, now available on
And, earlier while announcing the trailer launch, they again posted a posted and wrote,
“1990, Kashmir - an entire community was made homeless. 30 years later, they still can't return to their homes. Watch as the story of the Kashmiri Pandits finally comes to light #Shikara trailer out today at 1pm. #VidhuVinodChopra
Further, while posting the trailer, they wrote,
“More than 4,00,000 Kashmiri Pandits lost their homes and became refugees in their own country. Three decades later, watch their story unfold. #Shikara trailer out now
Shikara #VidhuVinodChopra #ShikaraTrailer
The music of the film has been composed by A R Rahman, a National Award-winner and a musical group Qutub-E-Kripa.
Shikara is scheduled to open in theaters on February 7, and it will clash with Malang and Jawaani Jaaneman. So, let’s see which movie wins the box office the most.
Till then, watch the trailer here: