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Lamhaa: The Untold Story of Kashmir (2010)

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Indian Military Intelligence deputes an agent to Kashmir incognito to find out who is behind extremist attacks.

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Char Chinar (as Aasif Basra)
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Aziza Abbas Ansari
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Vikram Sabharwal / Gul Jahangir
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Haji Sayyed Shah
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Indian Military Intelligence assigns their agent, Vikram Sabharwal, to travel to Kashmir. There he is to locate the person(s) behind the violence, under the guise of a press reporter, Gul Jahangir. Once there, he begins his investigation by visiting highly sensitive areas as such as the Jama Masjid, Dardpura Village and Rainawari Chowk. He is accompanied by a tailor, Char Chinar, who sells uniforms to both militants and the underpaid military soldiers. Vikram meets up with Aziza Abbas Ansari, and her mentor, Haji Sayyed Shah, and aspiring political leader, Aatif Hussain. And it is after these meetings that he will conclude who is behind the extremism in this beautiful yet 'most dangerous place on Earth'. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A below average Bollywood crime drama served in the name of Kashmir.
22 July 2010 | by (India) – See all my reviews

It starts with a few revealing text captions about the history of Kashmir since 1947. And then comes a provoking dialogue referring to the region as "God made Heaven, Man created Hell". The opening five minutes raise the expectation levels to a great extent. But then what is offered to the viewers till the end is nothing more than a usual conspiracy crime drama made in the background of burning Kashmir.

It seems that the director Rahul Dholkia, after getting his share of appreciation for "Parzania" made on Gujrat riots, simply decided to keep the flame burning by selecting his next project on Kashmir. His only motive of making LAMHAA appears to be as if he just wanted to remain in the news, sitting on another controversial topic in continuation of his previous famous venture. In a very funny way he uses a tag line for the movie saying "The Untold Story of Kashmir".Whereas in reality he has nothing new to expose or disclose about Kashmir other than what we already know. However the only fresh statement he has got to make is that Kashmir is like a company in which everyone is investing from all parts of the world and the issue has every single person involved in it right from the common man to the military and the politicians.

But if we talk about the movie experience altogether, it is a big disappointment coming from the director of "Parzania". LAMHAA is undoubtedly a below average product, which falters in almost all its departments except cinematography. More precisely it has no script as such, written on the relevant subject of Kashmir. The story only talks about a big conspiracy being planned by the militants and the process of avoiding it by some good characters. It neither has any intelligent interpretation of the issue nor has any emotional feel about the innocent people suffering in the present situation.

Besides this, post intermission, very unexpectedly you witness a few scenes highly inspired from the Oscar winner, "The Hurt Locker". The sequences showing a chain of land mines attached to a single wire and plantation of bombs in the stomach of small children are all taken from the famous English flick. Further the climax written around an attack on a leader making his public speech in the midst of a huge crowd also has its similarities with "Vantage Point". Frankly speaking, I wasn't expecting this kind of inspiring act from the talented director. The film which starts off as a mature take on the subject, ends up in an equally immature and amateurish style with a bizarre kind of execution of its final moments. And in the end, you just wake up from your frozen state of mind realizing that it has actually ended all of a sudden.

On the performance front, except Anupam Kher every other name in the entire starcast fails to make a mark. Sanjay Dutt who plays an unknown messiah of the valley, keeps visiting every suspicious venue in Kashmir in his designer outfits and sun-glasses. His performance has only got his style and nothing else. Bipasha Basu, though tries hard but still is not able to impress. The scene of her getting beaten up by the women crowd should have been the highlight of the film. But very strangely the director decides to hide her face in this scene which restricts Bipasha to leave any kind of emotional impact on the viewers. Kunal Kapoor who enters late into the movie, just remains another character of the script and doesn't rise above that. Mahesh Manjrekar and Yashpal Sharma are both wasted in their few scenes. In short only Anupam Kher is able to leave his mark in a fine getup of a Kashmiri leader.

Musically the score has some good and soothing numbers used in their shorter versions in the movie which can be enjoyable as pure love songs alone. But out of all the controversies and propaganda created, the only merit of this reality based flick remains its Cinematography. The camera movements are shaky in order to give it an authentic feel (also on the lines of "The Hurt Locker"). But after a long time the DOP shows us the breathtaking glimpses of the divine valley which were missing on the screen since many years.

In a nutshell, LAMHAA is not at all about the serious issue of KASHMIR. On the contrary it's just another usual below the average Bollywood crime drama which deliberately tries to cash on with its subject revolving around KASHMIR. So you can decide for yourself if you want to see it.


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