Kashmiri Pandits' exile not a lesser tragedy: Vishal Bhardwaj

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  1. Srinivas_K

    Srinivas_K Senior Member Senior Member

    Jun 17, 2009
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    Kashmiri Pandits' exile not a lesser tragedy: Vishal Bhardwaj

    Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, who excluded the representation of Kashmiri Pandits in his film Haider, on Thursday said he was never "insensitive" towards the mass exodus that made the majority of the community "refugees" in their own country.
    Vishal Bhardwaj is in Jaipur for the Jaipur Literature Festival
    Bhardwaj's Indian adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet was the final film of his trilogy, along with Maqbool and Omkara, adapted from the plays Macbeth and Othello respectively.

    The Shahid Kapoor-starrer, however, got embroiled in a post-release controversy where many blamed Bhardwaj for "showing only one side of Kashmir".

    "The story of Kashmiri Pandits is not a less tragedy at all. But cinema gives you a choice and it was my choice to make a movie on this subject. Basically, the topic didn't allow me to focus on that tragedy," Bharadwaj said at a session titled Hamlet's Dilemma at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.
    Shahid Kapoor in a still from HaiderShahid Kapoor in a still from Haider
    "I am not insensitive towards them because overnight so many people became refugees in their own country," he said.

    It seemed the 49-year-old filmmaker was ready for this question to be thrown at him and sounded a bit irked when asked the same.

    But he had come prepared with a question which he threw at the audience.

    "Why didn't you ask the same question to Vidhu Vinod Chopra? He too had made Mission Kashmir. He had the power and he was from the same community, yet he didn't. I might make a movie whenever I feel like and show their side as well," he added.

    The idea of making Hamlet against the backdrop of Kashmir had struck Bhardwaj when he read journalist-author Basharat Peer's Curfewed Night, an account of the Kashmir conflict and he decided to rope in Peer for the script.

    Peer, who was also present at the session, made an important point that substantiated the "absence" of Kashmiri Pandits from the film.
    Shahid Kapoor in a still from HaiderShahid Kapoor in a still from Haider
    "The book is based in 1995 and we had to have situations and events that could fit into the story of Hamlet. And frankly I could have done 'tokenism' to tell their story, but this is not a quota system," he said.

    "It is a great human shame. It is the shame on the nation who haven't made a film on the plight of Kashmiri Pandits. We were making a film and not a visual documentary on Kashmir," he added.

    The heated debate ended with the large gathering cheering and supporting the expression of cinema and celebration of Shakespeare.

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  3. hit&run

    hit&run Elite Member Elite Member

    May 29, 2009
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    The clown shouldn't have been asked this question in the first place. He saw many befits in glorifying these fanatic terrorists and then his membership with sickular cosy club was at stakes, not pleasing the members could have made the same membership doubtful. Whatever he did was deliberate and a well thought out endeavor.
  4. Nicky G

    Nicky G Senior Member Senior Member

    Nov 24, 2014
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    Its mostly about the funding. Just trace that. Hope the government gets around to that sometime soon.

    If not that, at least S Swamy goes after them. :thumb:

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