Shikara Review – Vidhu Vinod Chopra insults Kashmiri Pandits in his latest film

Untold Story of Kashmiri Pandits remains UNTOLD

Vidhu Vinod Chopra I have a question to you – 
 
Why do you provide validation from James Cameron for your films – earlier Broken Horses and now Shikara?
 
 
This fake publicity is not going to take you anywhere. Rotten Tomatoes score of 25% for Broken Horses is a testimony to it, which was a box-office bomb as it grossed only USD 35,000 against a budget of USD 20 million.
 
Isn’t audience validation the right thing? 
 
Rather you try to fool them and play with it. We saw your insensitivity in your response at the recent screening of Shikara.
 
 
Here is why you should boycott Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Shikara?
 
First things first, Shikara is a fictional love story marketed as The Untlod Story of Kashmiri Pandits but sadly Shikara is not even an emotional love story. The trailer is far better than the entire movie. In fact, I believe the promotional material of his mother’s flashback video was far better than even a single scene in the film.
 
Even if you walk in knowing nothing about the movie, still you will walk out heavily disappointed. It is a hollow and boring film with an incohrent structure, which serves nothing but leaves you more confused about a real and horrific incident. 
 
Known for films like Parinda, 1942 A Love Story, Mission Kashmir and for producing Parineeta, the director Vidhu Vinod Chopra is the culprit behind Shikara. It would be rightful to say that he does not have the balls to take sides and show the true story of what happened back then. With this film, he has made a joke of the entire exodus of 400,000 Kashmiri Pandits and the way their lives were impacted.
 
 
To be honest there is no real politics shown. I had this feel about the film when Vidhu Vinod Chopra said in the press interview, “we have just shown shadows in the film and no real faces or the crime.”
 
Sitting through this film was an exercise for the bums in itself. In the last running minutes of the film, the female lead Shanti says, ” pata nahi Chala kaise saalon guzar gaye” and I was having problem sitting through those two precious hours of my life.
 
The new debutantes Adil Khan and Sadia Khan have played their part nicely but the film falters because of a wafer thin story. It is said that actors are a medium to tell your story but what if there is no story. This is what has happened to these actors who did their best.
 
If you need further proof to what is said above about the film, watch the video below where a Kashmiri Pandit woman can be seen lashing out at the director for commercialising the film and showing nothing of the truth or the incident that took place.
 

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s insensitive response and the point of making a sequel to Shikara for makes me raise another question to him – “Why you made Shikara in the first place then?”

Rating – 1/5
 
 
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