‘Don’t Be Donkeys’: Vidhu Vinod Chopra To Those Criticising Shikara, His Film On Kashmiri Pandits

Mumbai: Filmmaker-maker Vidhu Vinod Chopra has lashed out at individuals scrutinizing his new film Shikara. He says the individuals who have blamed him for commercializing the situation of Kashmiri Pandits in the film are “gadhe” (jackasses).

“3 Idiots, which I created earned Rs 33 crore on its first day of discharge, and we knew the principal day assortment of Shikara will be Rs 30 lakh. In spite of that, we gave 11 years of our life to make this film. I feel today things are interesting on the grounds that I’ve made movies that gathered Rs 30 crore on its first day, and when I make a film that gathers Rs 30 lakh on its first day in the memory of my mom, individuals state I have popularized the torment of Kashmiri individuals. I feel individuals who believe that way are gadhe (jackasses), and that is the reason I need to let you know, don’t be jackasses. In the first place, see the film and afterward structure your sentiments,” Chopra said during a visit to Mumbai’s KC College to advance Shikara alongside the film’s lead cast Aadil Khan and Sadia.

Shikara is about the mass migration of Kashmiri Pandits in mid-1990, in the wake of an insurrection. The film was exceptionally foreseen in the light of the fact that the veteran producer hails from Kashmir.

After the movie’s discharge, be that as it may, certain areas of individuals got out the movie and it’s chief Chopra. A video of a Kashmiri Pandit lady lashing out at the executive at a screening in Delhi turned into a web sensation. Considering it a “ghatiya” (sickening) film and repudiating it, she is seen saying the motion picture was excessively popularized and not bona fide.

The hashtag #BoycottShikara began drifting on Twitter, and individuals were blaming Chopra for going delicate regarding the matter as opposed to giving an undeterred record of what Kashmiri Pandits experienced.

Chopra said eminent Hollywood producer James Cameron has adulated his film: “This film opened with incredible surveys all over the place. I assume you would have found out about a man called James Cameron who has coordinated Titanic and Avatar. He called this film as a perfect work of art in a four-page letter. In India, the film discharged to full houses and extraordinary audits. At that point, out of nowhere this despise wave comes up.”

He included: “I am not on Twitter or on any internet-based life. What came as a major shock for us is that our rating on IMDb, which was around eight or nine, dropped to one. We found that on all these online life stages, individuals have fired setting up recordings and saying ‘this how you press the catch to give the film a one-star rating’.”

Chopra said Shikara is near his heart: “This is an extraordinary film and this film discusses occasions that happened even before every one of you (understudies) were conceived. Around 30 years back, four lakh Kashmiris were tossed out of their country, and my mom was one of them. I am actually an exile in my own nation since I am from Kashmir.”

He included that he traded off nothing while at the same time making films in his profession. “For my entire life, I have never settled on films I have made, regardless of whether it is 3 Idiots or the Munna Bhai arrangement or Shikara. In each film, I attempted and give you all a message. In Munna Bhai, I discussed Jaadu ki jhappi and in 3 Idiots I offered basic guidance to understudies, to pursue greatness and achievement will follow. I am glad to state that numerous lives changed with that film,” he brought up.

Chopra felt Shikara would have a similar effect. “Similarly, in Shikara, we have a message that says, ‘todo Nahin, Jodo’ (don’t break, join together) in light of the fact that we are at a phase in life where it is turning into a standard to state, ‘don’t join together, break’. Everything is breaking, be it frameworks or urban areas. I would encourage you to watch this film and spread the message of this film since you (the understudies) are what’s to come. On the off chance that you like movies, at that point go to web-based social networking and fix that trash (analysis about Shikara), and in the event that you don’t care for the film, at that point additionally recall the message of the film,” he said.

Chopra on Sunday had composed an open letter on Facebook to counter all analysis against his film. In the letter, the movie producer expounded on the sufferings that he, alongside his relatives, needed to experience three decades back. He depicted the allegations as “silly” and furthermore asked individuals to not rehash past slip-ups.

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