PIL in High Court to stay ‘Shikara’

SRINAGAR: A fresh public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the J&K High Court against Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s upcoming film “Shikara: The Untold Story Of Kashmiri Pandits”.
The Litigation was moved before court by demanding a stay on its release and deleting some of the scenes which portrays Kashmiri Muslims in bad shape.
“Shikara” the film is about the Pandit exodus from the Kashmir Valley in late 1989 and early 1990, in the wake of insurgency. The film is scheduled to release on February 7.
The petitioners journalist Majid Hyderi, Iftikhar Misgar and Irfan Hafiz Lone through the litigation raises allegations that the film portrays untrue facts about Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandits.
The petition states that film is not in consonance with what has transpired in 1989 and doesn’t give entirely a true picture. “It (some scenes) portrays Kashmiri Muslims in a bad way which is not true,” the petition states.
The petition demanded that film release be stopped at earliest and at priority scenes be deleted which portray Muslims in bad way.
“Shikara: The Untold Story Of Kashmiri Pandits” marks Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s comeback to Bollywood as a director for the first time since his 2007 release, “Eklavya”, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen, Jackie Shroff and Jimmy Sheirgill. Chopra introduces Aadil Khan and Sadia in the lead roles of “Shikara”.

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