Vidhu Vinod Chopra Consoles LK Advani (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Vidhu Vinod Chopra directorial ‘Shikara: A Timeless Love Story in the Worst of Times' ' drew much flak from the Kashmiri citizens and even Kashmiri Pandits on whom it is based since its release. A video of a woman lashing out at the filmmaker for distorting facts also went viral. Amid all the social media furore Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films shared a video where veteran BJP leader LK Advani is seen getting all emotional during a special screening of the film.
LK Advani who attended the special screening of the film seemingly couldn't hold back tears after watching the film. In a video going viral on social media, Chopra is seen running up to Advani to console him.
"Shri L K Advani at the special screening of #Shikara We are so humbled and grateful for your blessings and your appreciation for the film Sir," the official handle of the film captioned. Earlier on Friday, the director was slammed by a section of the audience for the alleged inaccurate depiction of Kashmiri Pandits within the film.
One aspect that didn't go down well with the audience was how Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Shikara changed its tagline from 'The Untold Story of Kashmiri Pandits' to 'A Timeless Love Story in the Worst of Times'.
The film is inspired by Vidhu Vinod Chopra's own life and is a tribute by the director to his mother. The movie also has actual footage from the exodus included which brings it even closer to reality. The film stars Aadil Khan and Sadia in the lead roles. The movie is clashing with Malang at the box office. The movie that released today is expected to garners Rs 1.5 crore on opening day.
Meanwhile three citizens of Jammu and Kashmir has also filed a petition at the state’s High Court accusing the film of showing the Muslims of the valley in bad light. Speaking about the petition, Iftikhar Misgar, Majid Hyderi and Irfan Hafiz Lone had alleged that the film portrays untrue facts about Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandits. In his conversation with IANS, Misgar told, "We are asking for stalling the release and deleting a few scenes that portray the valley's Muslims in a bad light. We have urged the high court to take the case upon a priority basis." The court, however, dismissed the plea following assurances by the counsels for the Centre and the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir that the release of the movie will not cause any law and order problem.