Twenty years ago, producer-director Vidhu Vinod Chopra brought ‘Mission Kashmir’ starring Hrithik-Sanjay Dutt. Once again, he leads the audience through Shikara in the nineties, when about 4 lakh Kashmiri Pandits were evicted from their homes and displaced. Due to the sensitive theme of the film, there was a demand to stop the release of the film, but the final film has got the approval for release.
The story begins with a flashback where Aman Chan was in Kashmir and in the beautiful plains, the love of Kashmiri Pandit poet and professor Shiv Dhar (Adil Khan) for peace (Sadia Khan) thrives. He reveals the condition of his heart to his best friend and the friend takes their love to the marriage floor. Then the spark of separation erupts and she creates a fierce fire, forcing not only Shiva and Shanti but millions of Kashmiri Pandits to go homeless from their homes. In this connection, Shiva and Shanti also lose many loved ones. These people have been displaced to 30, but they still hope to return home. In the meantime, their lives go through many ups and downs, but Shiva and Shanti’s love for each other does not diminish.
Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who raised the issue of displacement of Kashmiri Pandits through an unbreakable love story. There are several layers to the story, which show how the separatist and selfish elements rupture the integrity of Kashmir, but as the story progresses, it becomes more of an issue-less love story. The director raised this issue, but he did not get into the depths of being safe. The film’s narrative is dull, but Rangarajan Rambardan’s cinematography is beautiful. After the interval, the story gets pulled a bit and you get an idea of the climax. AR Rahman’s background score shows the subject’s sensitivity to the quality of the heart. Sandesh Shandilya’s music strengthens the film.
Both new faces like Adil Khan and Saadia Khan have delivered strong performances. Both the characters in the story are seen to play a 30-year time frame, so young Saadia is as beautiful and innocent as she is, even in middle age. Adil has also played both Young and Adult part well. Zain Khan Durrani and Priyanshu Chatterjee add to the story with their memorable characters. The supporting characters are mediocre.
Why Watch :
Those who are fond of love stories and keen on Kashmiri Pandits can watch this film.