Wednesday, October 08, 2014 - 14:06

By Sachin Padha

Mr. Vishal Bharadwaj, there has never ever been any militancy in Kashmir but terrorism.

I am a movie freak and have always preferred to watch movies on the first day first show even by compromising my office timings. After watching your new movie Haider I felt unhappy, not with the actors' acting, but with the way you have adopted the 17th century play Hamlet with the Kashmir theme.

As usual, in this movie also you have shown love, drama, revenge and betrayal. But this time you have betrayed the people of India by showing one side of truth and portrayed the Indian Army as a negative character. Showing one side of the truth is always considered a blatant lie; and thus it becomes a false story. My apprehension is that your script writer, Basharat Peer who himself is against the Indian Army has defended the demand of 'azaadi' of Kashmiri Muslims in his interview. Either he is not fully aware of the situation or you yourself have not taken keen interest and have not gone into the depth of the other side of the story because of the commercial benefits and have joined the bandwagon.

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As you know movies usually have immediate impact on viewers and I would like to pray to God that your movie should have an iota affect on the viewer’s mindset about the Indian Army; or else your movie will certainly tarnish their image.

No doubt that in the end of the movie you have written few praiseworthy lines for the Army’s rescue effort during recent Kashmir floods but it was too late and the damage to their reputation has already been done.

Mr. Basharat Peer is himself a Senior Journalist and has used the word Militant instead of Terrorist in the movie. There has never ever been any Militancy in Kashmir but only Terrorism and it’s a dead cert (meaning I am absolute certain about it)

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According to the Oxford dictionary Militancy means : Favoring confrontational or violent methods in support of a political or social cause. Terrorism means: The unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

The former is for a ‘social cause’ and the latter is for ‘violence in the pursuit of Political aims’. So Mr. Peer & Mr. Vishal, I think you both have enough wisdom and have to decide yourselves which word should have been used in your movie. If you are still unable to distinguish between these two words then the short summary is: Bhagat Singh was a Militant and Kasab was a Terrorist. I hope this explanation would clarify you and Mr. Peer also.

Have you ever seen a commercial movie that tells the plight of Kashmiri Pandits? That is the other side of truth which I am talking about. But with the ulterior motive of commercial benefits you haven’t shown that part and even Mr. Peer doesn’t have the feeling for Kashmiri Pandits. He is more concerned about his community, which may be a good gesture, and I am sorry to say: Narrating one side of the story is not Journalism.

Mr. Bharadwaj I hope one day you will direct a movie which will show the Kashmiri Pandits’ plight and then leave it to the viewers to decide which story is correct.

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