I first heard about this movie from a news channel...CNNIBN I think.. and when I heard it was a movie based on Kashmir and that the Censor Board had banned it, I all the more wanted to see it. Then came the news that the makers would be releasing it online for 24 hrs on 26th Jan as a protest against the Censor Board. I could not be more proud of this guy. I mean the whole online release was such a damn good idea. Then the day arrived with me searching for the link desperately. Got it and watched. Some five minutes into the movie and I was all tears hearing the plight of the people who were interviewed. Whole movie finished and I was still staring at my computer, as though waiting for more to come. It is then that I realised that the whole movie was incomplete. It was such a skewed collection of memories.
This is what the website of the movie maker, Ashwin Kumar says about this movie
" Testimonies of ordinary Kashmiris recount a brutal militancy and its terrible response. Dodging agents of Indian armed-forces, the filmmakers were able to obtain rare testimonials in the highest militarized zone in the world. The film tells how freedom is conceded and replaced by fear, governance by institutionalize oppression and a paradise made desolate on the watch of India: a secular, democratic republic."
When you say the movie was about Kashmiris, I am sorry what Kashmiri's are you talking about. Taking interviews of Ex-militants and showing us stories of how they were tortured, is that the story of Kashmir?? What is the point in interviewing an ex-militant who has no regret for what-so-ever he did, and infact goes on to say that he is interested in making Kashmir an Islamist state and will further take over all of India ?? Is this the story of Kashmir ?? Yes women were raped which was heinous, but what about the KP women who were being raped and murdered ?? What happened to that story ?? What was this movie all about ?? Ahhh yes now I get it.. the sentence highlighted... it was about with how much difficulty you recorded these interviews.. it was about blowing your own trumpet, it was not about the Kashmir issue. And you were really expecting the Censor board to release this!!!!
In my opinion, Ashwin Kumar could have made this a better presentation, by talking to the displaced Kashmiri Pandits. He could have spoken to such people who are still living in tents in places like Jammu. He should have included them. It now feels like he forgot that they even existed. On being questioned on twitter, he replied, "When a soldier is willing to speak openly without coaching, army press monitoring, fear of bosses, i'll gratefully include his story". Well then Ashwin Kumar why did you not speak to Kashmiri Pandits, they are not scared of the administration.
It is a sad state in which the people there are living, but that does not make the plight of the Pandits any better. They were raped and chopped. And Mr. Wajahat Habibullah thinks they should have stayed in Kashmir. They should not have fled. Well, alright then there are people who are living there, yes Kashmiri Pandits in tents and schools, what is being done for them. Such a shame on you Habibullah !!!
Ashwin Kumar I understand that these interviews were taken some time back, but when you compiled them into a film did your intelligent brain not tell you that it was incomplete. You went to dangerous heights to take these interviews you claim.. according to me it is BS... As a film maker you had a responsibility towards your viewers, especially those who are not from Kashmir and who want to know the real story, not just the tits and bits you showed. Seriously wish with all the effort you put in, it was a true and unbiased picture of Kashmir, which sadly was not the case. Yes it was tear filled and heart rendering interviews from the Muslim women and ex militants, but a part of my heart still longed to hear it also from the KP women and men, for which you would not have had to go to 'dangerous heights' because these guys are scattered everywhere!!!!