Special screening of ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’

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By Faz Zia

Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Jim Sarbh, Shabana Azmi and several others in London attended special screening of ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’.

One of the most talented actresses of current league of actors in Bollywood Ali Bhatt came out in support of her mother, Soni Razdan to attend a special screening of her film No Fathers in Kashmir which has been released across India on the 5th of April. In fact the entire Bhatt family was in tow alongside son supporting her for her film which has already begun receiving rave reviews. 

The screening was a glamorous one with several popular names from Bollywood in attendance including Kalki Koechlin, Rasika Dugal, Jim Sarbh, Priyanka Bose, Shibani Dandekar, Arjun Mathur, Ranveer Shorey and others.

The film ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’ after a long battle with the censor board was released on the 5th April and has received their desired U/A certificate. The film directed by India’s youngest Oscar nominated director Ashvin Kumar and he is also making his acting debut with the film.  The film also stars Soni Razdan,  Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Anshuman Jha, Zara Webb, Shivam Raina, Natasha Mago, Maya Sarao.

Review:

Bringing forth the harsh reality of the Valley, Ashvin Kumar’s ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’ is a coming-of-age drama set in one of the most politically turbulent zones in the country.  Noor Meer (Webb), a British-Kashmiri teenager, arrives in Kashmir with her mother Zainab (Mago) and soon-to-be stepfather to visit her grandparents. 
There, she stumbles on the fact that her father was “picked up” by the Indian Army several years ago and never returned home. She befriends a local Kashmiri boy, Majid (Raina), the son of her father’s best friend. Together, they embark on a mission that is fraught with danger and heartbreak. 

‘No Fathers In Kashmir’ is a continuation of Kumar’s ‘Inshallah, Football’ and ‘Inshallah, Kashmir’ documentary features on the conflict-ridden state. 

While seeking to bust some stereotypes and without taking sides, the film attempts to explore the reason behind the insurgency in Kashmir. It juxtaposes the beauty of the Valley with fear as the army and locals clash with each other at different points. 
The writing, cinematography and crisp editing are enhanced significantly by the actors who strike the right notes all the way. First-timers Webb and Raina bring a vulnerability to their characters and exude an innocence that is lost in a world engulfed by darkness. 

Kumar plays the most complex character — a radical madrassa teacher — with precision. Razdan and Kharbanda as Noor’s loving grandparents hoping for their son’s return are spot on. 
A poignant tale, ‘No Fathers in Kashmir’ isn’t a crowd pleaser. But it raises questions within you long after you leave the theatre.