Since the trailer of Shikara is out, it has left everyone stunned with its gripping storyline. The movie is based on true events. It is touted to be one of the most anticipated films of 2020. The direction of Vidhu Vinod Chopra makes it even more special.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the director of Shikara, roped in Kashmiri Pandits to lend authenticity to film. A powerful depiction of Kashmir of 1990, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s directorial has struck the right chords amongst the audience.
Talking about his decision on working with real-life Kashmiri Pandit, Vidhu Vinod Chopra says, “Yes, it’s true that I shot with real Kashmiri Pandit refugees for Shikara and the reason was that I wanted the film to look real. If I was to cast artists from Bombay to play the refugees, I felt that the film would lose it’s authenticity. It was incredibly generous of the inhabitants of Jagti refugee camp and all the other camps that they agreed to be a part of this film and spent days & nights in difficult shooting conditions, all the women, children & even the older inhabitants. But they were more driven than me. If anything, I was inspired by them rather than the other way around. I don’t think I could have done this without them.”
Enlightening on shooting with real-life Kashmiri Pandits, “They’re real people and that’s why they’re not performing, they’re actually going through an experience that they went through 30 years back. He said, ‘correct, but for me, they’re actors who are performing’ and that was elating. Most of them are from Kashmir because I wanted the film to look authentic. I didn’t want a Bombay to face to ruin this menagerie, so to speak.”
Shikara, a film by Vidhu Vinod Chopra 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.