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Published On: Sun, Feb 9th, 2020

“Shikara” makes LK Advani emotional,Vidhu Vinod Chopra rushes to console him

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shikara-and-advani-640x427NEW DELHI : Senior BJP leader and former Dy PM LK Advani
got emotional while watching filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopras Shikara:
The Untold Story Of Kashmiri Pandits. In a video clip, the political veteran is seen trying to hold back his tears as the film ends, even as Chopra comes up, kneels down besides him and tries consoling him. He appreciates the filmmaker’s efforts and compliments him for the film.
“Shikara: The Untold Story Of Kashmiri Pandits”. It is a Hindi-language period film produced and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir.
In a video clip, the political veteran is seen trying to hold back his tears at the end of the film while Mr Chopra rushes to console him. Other people around them were also seen getting emotional and congratulating the filmmaker for the movie.
“Shikara” is about how Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee from their houses in the Kashmir Valley in early 1990, in the wake of insurgency. The filmmaker said the film showcases how Kashmiri Pandits rebuilt their lives in the aftermath of the tragic event.

The film is very close to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who has donned the director’s hat for the first time since 2007, when he made “Eklavya: The Royal Guard”. The story of Shikara has been written by Abhijat Joshi and Rahul Pandita who are also Kashmiri Pandits.

Talking about that time, Pandita reveals that people were given hit lists daily and were told to kill 4-5 Kashmiri Pandits from every locality. They wanted to instill fear in Kashmiri Pandits so that they leave the land sooner. “Kashmiri Pandits were asked to say slogans like “Agar Kashmir Mein Rehna Hoga, to allah-hu-akbar bolna hoga, People were shot dead every day.”
Featuring Aadil Khan and Sadia, Shikara released on February 7. Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who is from Kashmir, dedicates his movie to his mother, who died in 2007.

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