Indian cinema continues to find relevance in the movies that it releases. And what better movie is there to start off 2020 than recently-released 'Shikara'? The Aadil Khan and Sadia feature is directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. If we're talking about relevance to history and truth, this movie could take home all of the accolades as it depicts events based on the Exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir. Seeing that this film depicts events from India's rich history, there is much reason for movie fans to go out and see the film. Couple it with its headlining love story from its newbie actors and you're in for a fresh cinema treat. The movie promises to show authenticity, from its locations, casting, and of course, its story. Of course, movies that deal with real-life events can be packed with inconsistencies at times, but this film boasts of a different approach as it has shot scenes in the actual places where actual Kashmiri violence has occurred.
During a time where political and ideological unrest is rampant everywhere, this movie can serve as a very good depiction of actual scenarios that we experience. It is also interesting to see how much of a love story or history consists of the movie. Dealing with sensitive historical events with violence, ethnic feuds, and tragedies can be hard. This is what makes this film very interesting as it bravely invites us to see history in a new light. Here are some of the most important things you might want to know before watching the Shikara movie.
Shikara is classified as a love story wrapped around the context of an actual event that took place in India's history. The film is centered around the 1990 mass evacuation of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir. Obviously, there were a lot of factors that contributed to the occurrence of this event, ranging from religious differences as well as land reforms.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra is already a veteran filmmaker who has come a long way with his projects. Shikara marks his first Hindi directorial venture since 2007's Eklavya: The Royal Guard. Just like the aforementioned film, Shikara doesn't have any marquee faces to boost the film's promotions. Instead, it debuts two young actors, Aadil Khan and Sadia, in the lead roles of a Kashmiri Pandit couple that experienced hardships.
Apparently, Shikara's working name was 'Love Letters'. The movie's script was written for a long period of time by director Vidhu Vinod Chopra himself, alongside a local Kashmiri writer. Well, if you look at how the movie is promoted, you can see a lot of political overtones. However, the movie is simply a love story put into a different context. This certainly explains the movie's original title.
We understand why director Vidhu Vinod Chopra is so ecstatic about this new project. After all, the movie gives him an opportunity to return to his hometown of Srinagar. This is after he previously shot films in the area by way of 2000's Mission Kashmir which featured Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta. Shikara surely boosted the filmmaker's hometown feels as he started filming for the movie in 2018.
Apparently, Shikara director Vidhu Vinod Chopra has stated that the film is close to his heart as it is a tribute to his mother. Notably, a huge chunk of the movie's cast consists of real-life Kashmiri Pandits. Shikara also does not have major stars to serve as poster boys or girls for the film as it was the authenticity that the director wanted to go for.
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