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10 Kashmir Stories

Last updated on: August 05, 2019 20:34 IST

The Modi government has drawn a new political roadmap for Kashmir today.

Even as reactions pour in from Kashmir and the nation, one cannot forget how the beautiful valley has inspired many, many stories.

Bollywood, especially, has based quite a few of its films here.

Joginder Tuteja looks at some of the recent films set in the Kashmir valley.

 

No Fathers In Kashmir

There are no heroes or villains in No Fathers In Kashmir, only helpless characters who perhaps don't have a choice other than learning to live with what they're subjected to, says our reviewer about Ashvin Kumar's take on Kashmir.

 

Uri: The Surgical Strike 

Director Aditya Dhar made sure the film had the right mix of patriotism, action and emotion as it narrated the story of the September 28-29, 2016 surgical strikes.

 

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Before the story of Salman Khan's blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan moves to Pakistan, we see his Hanuman-worshipping character in Kashmir where he bumps into a little lost girl and escorts her back home across the LoC.

 

Haider 

Director Vishal Bhardwaj brought in a different dimension to the tale when he adapted Hamlet for Haider.

Shahid Kapoor and Tabu came up with good performances and the film struck a balance between art and commerce.

 

Highway

Imtiaz Ali's Highway takes Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda for a road trip in north India, before setting the climax against the gorgeous backdrop of Kashmir.

The couple try to make a home there but it was never meant to be, as Alia finds out in the film's tragic end.

 

Lakshya

Farhan Akhtar sets his coming-of-age story against the Kargil war.

Starring Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta, both of whom earlier starred in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's film Mission Kashmir before this, the film also saw a cameo by Amitabh Bachchan.

 

Yahaan

Shoojit Sircar started his directorial career with Yahaan, set in Kashmir.

The film dealt with the life and times of army personnel in the midst of terrorism.

It also had a love story with Jimmy Sheirgill and Minissha Lamba.

 

Tahaan 

Tahaan is one of those rare Kashmir films that did not touch upon terrorism. Instead, it told a story of a boy and his donkey.

Acclaimed cinematographer Santosh Sivan directed this film, which starred Purav Bhandare, Anupam Kher, Rahul Bose and Rahul Khanna.

 

Roja

Mani Ratnam's Roja had a beautiful love story woven into a tale about terrorism.

Breathtaking visuals and A R Rahman's award-winning music further enhanced the film, which starred Arvind Swamy and Madhoo.

 

Sikandar

Set in Kashmir, Sikandar tells the story of a 14 year old (Parzan Dastur), who picks up a gun.

Directed by Piyush Jha, the film stars Ayesha Kapoor (remember the younger version of Rani Mukerji in Black?) in a pivotal part, along with R Madhavan and Sanjay Suri.

JOGINDER TUTEJA
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