Vidhu Vinod Chopra said, “We have just learned from media sources that a petition has been filed by few people in J&K Court against the release of Shikara: The Untold Story of Kashmiri Pandits. We have no other information in this matter, our counsel Harish Salve will take appropriate steps as may be required.”
A PIL (Public Interest Litigation) was filed on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir court to put a stay on the release of Chopra’s forthcoming film. The PIL has been filed to delete a few scenes from the film.
Shikara: The Untold Story of Kashmiri Pandits is a period drama that will show the story of how Kashmiri Pandits were told to leave Kashmir Valley during late 1989 and early 1991. This happened because of the violent Islamist insurgency.
The people who have filed the petition are Iftikhar Misgar, Majid Hyderi and Irfan Hafiz Lone and they claim that the film shows false facts about Kashmiri Pandits. One of the petitioners, Misgar during an interview said, “We are asking for stalling the release and deleting a few scenes that portray the valley’s Muslims in a bad light. We have urged the high court to take the case upon a priority basis.”
Shikara: The Untold Story of Kashmiri Pandits is a comeback film for Vidhu Vinod Chopra as a director since his last film Eklavya which was released in 2007. Eklavya starred Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen, Jackie Shroff and Jimmy Sheirgill in prominent roles.
In his forthcoming film, Vidhu Vinod Chopra is launching Aadil Khan and Sadia in main roles. The film will hit the screens on 7th February.