”I would make a film school in the valley”, says ‘Shikara’ director Vidhu Vinod Chopra at Jaipur Literature Fest

Rajendra Pal


Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rahul Pandita recently attended Jaipur Literature Fest and were part of a panel discussion about the untold story of Kashmiri Pandits where the filmmaker talked everything pertaining to the community and his homeland. When asked how the director himself is a University of directors, who has given some very talented names to the industry and what vision he holds for such talents of the new generation, he had a very heartfelt thing to say!

Telling us about it, ‘Shikara’ director shares, “God willing, I would make a film school in Kashmir so that the children there like me can study. My father was not very well off and I could not go to a film institute. I took 200 rupees from my brother who took up a job then. We very struggling with finances and I still remember, I would starve and eat two bananas. This is where I have come from and that’s why I really hope that I open this school in Kashmir”.

The makers of ‘Shikara’, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rahul Pandita attended the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival 2020 and was part of a special panel discussion at the event. The panellists interacted with the audience and the insightful session was definitely a session to watch out for.

The trailer of ‘Shikara’ has received appreciation from all across for its heartwarming and thought-provoking storyline. A powerful depiction of Kashmir of 1990, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s directorial has struck the right chords amongst the audience and is receiving appreciation from all across. Shikara is Chopra’s tribute to his late mother.

Also, talking about the upcoming film, director Vidhu Vinod Chopra has made sure that he keeps the storyline of ‘Shikara’ as authentic as possible. Earlier, the filmmaker had expressed how he wanted the film to look real. He shot with the inhabitants of Jagti refugee camp and the other camps which would bring authenticity to the film. ‘Shikara’ brings back the untold story of Kashmiri pandits from the valley of 1990.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Shikara is all set to release on 7th February 2020. Presented by Fox Star Studios. Produced by Vinod Chopra Productions and co-produced by Fox star studios.

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