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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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Naushaad Abbas
Alisha
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Char Chinar (as Aasif Basra)
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Aziza Abbas Ansari
Burhan
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Mahroof
Pilli Diwakar ...
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Jyoti Dogra ...
Badi Bi
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Vikram Sabharwal / Gul Jahangir
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Sarla B. Kanji
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Aatif Hussain
Ehsan Khan ...
S.P. Khan
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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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Written by Amitabh Verma
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Ladaai abhi zaari hai

Lamhaa (moment) is a one step below follow-up by the maker of Parzaania, Rahul Dholkia who has taken up the issue of Kashmir with a lot of research work on his part. He has chosen a good script and done his casting very intelligently. Lamhaa is thoroughly engrossing and maintains an air of thrill throughout. It is a fast movie which appears to be even faster because of its short length and proportionately very large canvas to cover. Definitely it is not a classic like his previous venture Parzaania but able to leave its mark notwithstanding.

The story is nothing but the turmoil in Kashmir by the zehaadis with the help of Pakistan to tackle which a military intelligence officer is sent in the disguise of a disgruntled Kashmiri Mulsim. He searches like-minded Kashmiris to strengthen his hands and helps them on one hand alongwith seeking their help in uncovering the true faces behind the leaders of the anti-government forces on the other.

The director has ended the story without offering any solution to the problem or passing any kind of subjective strictures. He has shown his better sense by presenting the status of the things as it is alongwith the mentality of the people of all kinds involved therein. The director's research work and honesty of narration is clearly visible in the movie. It is a movie made with a great effort and toil.

The problem with the narrative is that the director has chosen a very big canvas for his script but made a movie lengthy of hardly two hours. That's why he has attempted at several facets of the problem but fell short of time in dealing with each one of them effectively and meaningfully. That's why certain things (viz. the plight of the Kashmiri pundits) have been just touched and certain things have been treated quite superficially. The maker of Parzaania was expected to be more insightful in his approach. There was no need to make an over-crisp movie and some additional length would have given him room to fill proper colours in all the frames of his outline.

However Rahul Dholkia's effort cannot be underrated by any angle as he has made a fast-paced, action-packed, adrenaline-pumping movie. If you look at it from an entertainment viewpoint, it is an engrossing thriller without allowing the viewer any time to think (though the subject-matter is thoughtful as well as thought-provoking only). You won't regret after watching it.

Casting is very intelligent. Sanjay Dutt has been taken over by age (he is 51 years old now which is clearly visible in his looks). However he is the best choice for the central character tying all the ends of the story together in a single thread. Bipasha Basu has her own fan following in India (perhaps abroad too) and let me frankly tell you the name of one of her die-hard fans - Jitendra Mathur. She is gorgeous, appealing and effective, all at the same time. Among others, Anupam Kher has done well whereas Kunal Kapoor's weakness of character has let him down. Perhaps the director has tried to insert some of his personal views regarding the solution of the problem in the movie through the character of Kunal Kapoor which looks a bit unreal. The complete supporting cast has done exceedingly well.

Songs with the background score, locations and art direction, cinematography, editing, production value; everything is Aclass. The cinematographer has done an outstanding job by capturing the eternal beauty as well as the tormented status of Kashmir in the best possible manner.

The movie is quite realistic in the major part of it and quite superficial and oversimplified at certain places. Yet, one thing is certain that it is thoroughly gripping, from beginning to end. In fact, the style of story-telling in this movie is similar to that of J.P. Dutta in his trilogy of Border, Refugee and LOC-Kargil.

The narrator has shown what the Indian intelligentsia thinks and feels about the Kashmir issue, nothing new. The fact is, the director, despite his sincere research, cannot work like the hero of his story to dig out the all the hidden things. Hence he has portrayed what he himself considers the reality behind the havoc. The secret hidden behind the curtain may be something else. Who knows ?

Now-a-days, the use of explete language is increasing in the Hindi movies in the name of showing the reality as our censor board has got extremely liberal with respect to the language.Lamhaa is also no exception. However I completely disapprove of it as it snatches the flair of dignity and decency from the movie. When each and every reality cannot be shown, why can't we abstain from the use of vulgar language.

Kashmir has been converted into a company delivering profits to several interest-groups and looting the common Kashmiris, has been reiterated quite often in the movie and it appears to be the reality. The issue of flesh-trade of the Kashmiri girls has been quite humanly demonstrated through the statement of them - Hamen To Har Koi Lootata Hai Chahe Wo Military Ho Ya Zehaadi (we are looted by everybody whether it is the military or the militants). The scene of bashing of Bipasha Basu by the mob is heart-tearing.

All in all, a better movie was expected by the maker of a masterpiece like Parzaania. However it is not a disappointing one. I sum up the Kashmir issue in which the biggest sufferer is the innocent, with the words - Ladaai Abhi Zaari Hai (the fight continues).


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