A day after Vidhu Vinod Chopra said that his film Shikara was a way of saying people needed to move on 30 years after the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, the call to boycott his film started trending on social media. Terming the movie as a means of ‘healing’ and ‘a fight between two friends,’ Chopra emphasized that nearly half the crew of his film was the local Muslim population that was aware of the subject, at a special screening on 18 January.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit criticised the film’s trailer and Chopra’s stance, saying that “making a film on #KashmiriHinduExodus & not questioning the majority population who came out in support of terrorists esp. on 19th Jan. Is like giving a clean chit to #AjmalKasab. Victim saying sorry to trrsts & and terrorisists hugging the victim is a big farce & impossible.”
Making a film on #KashmiriHinduExodus & not questioning the majority population who came out in support of terrorists esp. on 19th Jan. Is like giving a clean chit to #AjmalKasab.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) January 21, 2020
Victim saying sorry to trrsts & and terrorisists hugging the victim is a big farce & impossible.
Writer of Shikara Rahul Pandita defended the movie saying as a Kashmiri Pandit himself he will not “betray the memory of those who fell to the bullets of radical Islamists.”
I am a Kashmiri Pandit who lost everything in 1990, while you were doing God knows what in Bombay. I am the writer of #shikara and I would not let anyone compromise on the Pandit story. I will not betray the memory of those who fell to the bullets of radical Islamists. https://t.co/YWbPtGQu8M— Rahul Pandita (@rahulpandita) January 21, 2020
Vidhu Vinod Chopra was also attacked for trivializing the issue and using it to promote the film. The trolls even said that in reality no Kashmiri Hindu would ever want to move on.
#BoycottShikara this is typical VVC, Muslims apologist movie where again Ppl who butchered KPs will be shown as victims and true Muslims and only handful terrorists killed KPs. It will also show how Muslims friends helped KPs which is all bull. Shit. KP should oppose aggressively— Anand (@anand6862) January 21, 2020
#BoycottShikara after hearing Rahul pandita and vidhu vinod chopra and their talks of whitewashing the sins of Muslims of kashmir who drove them out and instead blaming others..no question is there to watch this movie !! Instead will wait for @vivekagnihotri movie !!— Kg.. (@Kgtheseeker) January 21, 2020
#VidhuVinodChopra explains— DIVYA RAZDAN (@ResearchBharat) January 21, 2020
“Its like 2 friends meeting together after 30 yrs, who want to forget & move on!”#BoycottShikara
Show me 1 #KashmiriHindu who suffered & wants to forget the planned genocide & move on.@mini_090909 @ThtKashmiriGuy @OriginalKashmir @neelakantha
No hesitation today as well. @VVCFilms please do not trivialize ethno-religious cleansing of Pandits in Kashmir by calling it a “little fallout” between Hindus & Muslims. 1990 was the 7th exodus of Pandits from Kashmir because of their historical religious persecution. 2/n— Aarti Tikoo Singh (@AartiTikoo) January 21, 2020
At the screening, Chopra said “everyone who ignored the plight of Kashmiri Pandits must use the Internet to say ‘sorry’.”
Commenting on the process behind his film Shikara – based on events that took place during the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits – he added, “All Muslims in Kashmir have only helped us to make this film possible.”
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