No Fathers In Kashmir Movie Review 2019: The Ugly Reality Of The Beautiful Valley

No Fathers In Kashmir Movie Review 2019: The Ugly Reality Of The Beautiful Valley

Movie Name
No Fathers In Kashmir
Ashvin Kumar
01 hours 50 minutes

No Fathers In Kashmir Review

Surrounded by breathtaking scenic beauty, the people of Kashmir live with a contrasting ugliness. If Nature is at her best in that heavenly valley, Mankind is at his worst, a combination of elements putting the local Kashmiri in a living hell.

That's the reality Noor, a young British girl unpeels. Noor is in Kashmir with her mother and mother's boyfriend to meet her grandparents. Her father Bashir is only a name. All Noor knows is that he abandoned them when she was barely two years old. Considering that background, her grandparents are surprisingly warm and welcoming though they harbour their own cache of secrets and grieve on the quiet.

Majid, the boy next door with his limited English, and Noor who's plain curious about Kashmir seem dissimilar but have something in common - they're both fatherless kids. There's knowledge to be gained and some growing up to do on this trip as Noor's innocent romance with Majid plays out alongside the truths that tumble out about her father.

It's a harsh terrain where terrorism is omnipresent and politics is at work. Terror and its counter are a thriving industry in the unfortunate valley and in the thick of it is Arshid, her father's closest friend.

Curiosity almost kills the cat as Noor goes with clicking pictures with her smart phone and goes trailing Arshid. What Majid and she slowly uncover about her father, the terror network and the armed forces is the story of Kashmir as it is today.

Writer-director Ashvin Kumar takes the aid of a fine background score to unfold Noor's discovery where friendships were put on test in her father's time and are again on test in her generation too. Ashvin has also written the strong role of Arshid for himself, a man who fraternises with terror, sups with the armed forces and plays with the sentiments of the victimised Kashmiri. It is what separatists ultimately do, they play both sides.

Zara Webb gives Noor the required innocence and Shivam Raina makes a good partner as Majid whose childish prank on Facebook damns him. Kulbhushan Kharbanda and SoniRazdan playing Noor's grandparents, tug at the heart as the unfortunate parents of the missing Bashir.

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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The Verdict

It’s a narrative we’ve seen before in films like Haider but Ashvin Kumar gives it his own spin and tells his story well. However, with its mix of Hindi and English and the premise itself, No Fathers In Kashmir has limited elitist appeal and gets a 3* rating.


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