Shikara Movie Review
Director – Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Star Cast – Sadia, Aadil Khan, Faisal Simon
Producer -Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Screenplay -Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rahul Pandita and Abhijat Joshi
Story by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Cinematography – Rangarajan Ramabadran
Production Company -Vinod Chopra Films
Ratings – 3.0
The story revolves around the life of Shiv Kumar Dhar played by Aadil Khan who has posted several letters to the President of the US informing how he in his own country has become a refugee. In the flashback we see him getting married to Shanti. With the building tensions seen around the Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims there in the valley the former are forced to leave their homes and what follows is the tragic Exodus Day for them. In other words, the film is based on the Kashmiri Pundits who turned homeless overnight.
The beauty of the movie is the exterior sequences that have been shot beautifully using drone cameras. In one word, the cinematography is excellent in the movie giving the best shots of the valley. However, the makers seemed perplexed about choosing which one to present more the love story or the displacement of the Kashmiri Pandits. He ends up mixing them thus hampering the beauty of the film in a big way. The characters failed to connect with the community, which has a larger story to tell to the audience.
Now, talking about the performances, Aadil playing the lead role seemed to make an astounding presence. Thanks to his realistic expressions and the pain he took to connect with the audience. On the other side, Sadia too did a decent job with a cute smile on her face, thus having a good grip on the scenes she did with loads of emotions. As debutants, both have done a decent job for sure. The others like Lateef playing Shiv’s friend and others played well while emoting nice before the camera.
Talking about the elements like Direction, Music, Screenplay and other elements, the film has decent emotions to capture that seemed visible in the film. Vidhu Vinodh Chopra somewhere has been successful in portraying the emotions right although he messed up later in the story and script. The musical piece was good after all we had the king of music – AR Rahman. However, cinematic gem seemed going roller coaster thus affecting the entertainment value of the film.
Shikara The Last Word
Shikara comes with a package of decent performances that focusses more on the love story than the tragedy. Later in the attempt to lift the latter part, it fails to give a viable entertaining film. You as an audience would fail to connect with the characters, however, by being politically correct, one may argue the contrary.