PIL in Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeks stay on film ‘Shikara’

indica News Bureau-

After learning about the news of a petition seeking a stay on the release of his upcoming film “Shikara: The Untold Story of Kashmiri Pandits”, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra said that he will let his legal team handle the matter instead of making any comments about it. 

Chopra said on Tuesday, “We have just learnt from media sources that a petition has been filed by few people in J&K Court against the release of Shikara. We have no other information in this matter, our counsel Harish Salve will take appropriate steps as may be required.”

On Tuesday, a public interest litigation (PIL) filed in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court demanded a stay on the release of the movie and deleting certain shots from the film.

Bases on the Kashmiri Pandit exodus of 1990s, the film titled ‘Shikara’ is set against the violent  Islamist insurgency that ousted several Kashmiri Hindus from the valley.

The petitioners Iftikhar Misgar, Majid Hyderi and Irfan Hafiz Lone have alleged that the film portrays untrue facts about Kashmir and Kashmiri Pandits.

Misgar told IANS, “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 up on a priority basis.”

“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”. The film is scheduled to release on February 7