Film On Kashmir To Be Released Today

SRINAGAR: An Urdu film on the history of divided Kashmir is to be released in Rawalpindi on Sunday, its maker saying that it avoids depicting “historic mistakes” and focuses instead on the “historic relationships” between the two parts of the state.

Titled Rishton Ki Zanjeer (The Chains of Relationships) the feature-length movie evolves out of the tribal invasion of Kashmir following the partition of the subcontinent, and the communal massacre in the state (Jammu), and highlights Jammu and Kashmir’s multi-religious and multi-ethnic character in strong Hindu-Muslim brotherhood.

It underlines the state’s ancient secular traditions, and advocates resolving the Kashmir issue peacefully rather than by war, and the need to nourish thinking in Kashmir along those lines.

The film also depicts the hardships, sentiments and emotions of families divided in Kashmir’s Jammu province, the Pir Panjal Valley, the Kashmir Valley and Pak-administered-Kashmir at the time of the sub-continent’s partition.

It also has elements of efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue in the present age.

Scripted by Qayyum Imam Saqui and produced by the JKLF (Shaheen) central president, Aabid Shaheen, the film has been directed by Shahzad Pappu, with cinematography by Khawar Azeem.

Shot in extreme cold weather in Poonch, Baagh, Mirpur and Kotli, it features prominent film and television actors in Pakistan.

“We have made the film with an extremely limited budget and resources,” Shaheen said. “Kashmiris who are a part of our living blood-and-gore story have worked in it, which will make them their own voice in the sub-continent and elsewhere in the world.”

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