'Lamha' about Kashmiris, not government: Rahul Dholakia

Jun 4, 2010 IANS

Colombo, June 3 (IANS) National Award winning director Rahul Dholakia Thursday said his film "Lamha" depicts the travails of Kashmiris living in the state, not the government's view-point.

"'Lamha' is different from other films made on the plight of Kashmiris. This film is not from the point of view of the government or the politicians, it is from the point of view of the people of Kashmir," Dholakia told reporters here.

Dholakia was present at an event organized at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) weekend along with the star cast of the film including Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu, Kunal Kapoor and Anupam Kher among others.

Asked who does the film favours on the Kashmir issue - India or Pakistan, the director, who has made critically acclaimed film "Parzania" in the past, said: "It is not anti-India or pro-Pakistan and vice versa. It is a film that is pro-humanity, a film that makes you think."

"Lamha" focuses on how the people and the army in Kashmir face terrorism and deal with it.

Dholkia was also quizzed about the controversies surrounding the film and the news about the film getting into trouble in Kashmir, but he gave a diplomatic answer.

"We faced no problems in Kashmir. Omar (Abdullah), the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir is my friend and he provided us with full security. Also there was full support from the people," he said. Click the Movie button below for more info:


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