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Lamhaa: The Untold Story of Kashmir (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 16 July 2010 (India)
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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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Rahul Dholakia

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Ashwath Bhatt (dialogue), Raaghav Dar (screenplay) (as Raghav Dar) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sanjay Dutt ... Vikram Sabharwal / Gul Jahangir
Bipasha Basu ... Aziza Abbas Ansari
Kunal Kapoor ... Aatif Hussain
Anupam Kher ... Haji Sayyed Shah
Shernaz Patel ... Parveena
Mahesh Manjrekar ... Pir
Murli Sharma ... Dhruv Raina
Yashpal Sharma ... Mohammad Hussain Rauff
Aman Verma
Yuri Suri ... Pasha
Vipin Sharma ... Colonel Kapoor
Vinit Sharma Vinit Sharma
Asif Basra ... Char Chinar (as Aasif Basra)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Naushaad Abbas
Alisha Alisha
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Storyline

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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The untold story of Kashmir

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

16 July 2010 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Lamhaa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Naseeruddin Shah and Victor Banerjee were approached for Anupam Kher's role. See more »

Soundtracks

Zameen O Aasmaa Ke
Written by Sayeed Qadri
Composed by Mithun Sharma
Performed by Kshitu Tare
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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The film's excellence alone proves why films like this can't be Box Office hits.
28 March 2019 | by Prashast_SinghSee all my reviews

Lamhaa is a dark film. A very dark film indeed. You're not supposed to expect romance, comedy and dancing here. This politically charged action thriller marks Bollywood's departure from the usual love stories and family dramas that have been given prominence over realistic action flicks. I was not surprised but for some time, disappointed to realize that this film bombed at the box office. The makers were disappointed, of course, as per what I read in an article.

The one thought I'm constantly getting after watching this film is that they (Bollywood directors) don't make movies like this anymore. It's not that Lamhaa is the most original film you'll get to see but it's made with heart and the realistic treatment is one of the most impressive aspects for a film that released in 2010: an year that definitely didn't belong to such serious-content movies. Critics bashed it (not all) and many viewers found it "boring" because it dared to go against the typical Bollywood standards.

I'm not sure if it's based on a true story, but by the time Lamhaa ended, it was hard to believe it's not. The director has stayed true to the story and has created a dark, dystopian atmosphere while keeping the film jam-packed with action and suspense. Sanjay Dutt plays his part well, and I must write that his character and the film's overall look and feel reminded me of Matt Damon's action thriller Green Zone that released the same year. Both stories happen to have the same kind of a protagonist sent on the same kind of a mission, both of them feature excellent action sequences involving guns, and both of them were sadly commercial failures.

But other than that, there's plenty to embrace in the film. You get some soulful songs (luckily not stretched as much as their original duration in the soundtrack), many excellent action sequences, some impressive camerawork and the depiction of a political conflict set amidst a dark atmosphere. And I forgot to say this but Bipasha Basu, Kunal Kapoor and Anupam Kher also deliver strong performances. Editing is top notch.

And then we have this climax that I wasn't expecting to be this great. The final set piece is alone to prove that Indian audiences weren't used to such dark stuff at that time, and still aren't today. It's almost hard to forget the ending that doesn't intend to go in the escapist zone. Lamhaa is one rare action thriller from Bollywood that dares to break the boundaries most Bollywood films are confined to. I saw it on a high quality VCD (yes you read that right) and started recalling the time when its promos used to play on television, and rather so much that this film got my attention. Must watch!


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