Mumbai, Feb 7 | The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday dismissed a plea against filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s latest directorial “Shikara: The Untold Story Of Kashmiri”.
The court’s decision has been taken on the assurance from the Centre and state government that there will be no law and order situation arising out of the release.
On hearing the court’s judgement, Chopra expressed his happiness and stated: “I am glad that the Honourable Court has dismissed the petition. This is a film about love over hate. I hope the message of ‘todho nahi jodo’ spreads across the country through ‘Shikara”.
“Shikara”, which is set against the backdrop of the Kashmiri Pandit exodus from the Kashmir Valley in late 1989 and early 1990, in the wake of violent Islamist insurgency, has been released nationwide.
The public interest litigation (PIL) was filed last week in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court against the film, demanding a stay on release and the deleting of certain scenes.
According to the petitioners Iftikhar Misgar, Majid Hyderi and Irfan Hafiz Lone, the film portrays untrue facts and they have alleged that the film shows Kashmiri Muslims and Sikhs in “bad light”.
“Shikara: The Untold Story Of Kashmiri Pandits” marks Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s comeback to Bollywood as a director for the first time since his 2007 release, “Eklavya”, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen, Jackie Shroff and Jimmy Sheirgill.
Chopra introduces Aadil Khan and Sadia in the lead roles of “Shikara”.
Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.
Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”