SHIKARA (2020): Film Review

A love story bloomed in peaceful Kashmir and later affected by the terrorism in Kashmir is depicted in Shikara.

Directed and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the film catches the glimpses of pre and post terrorism era in Kashmir. He himself was born and brought up in Kashmir and his family had to leave the valley during 1990s. He engaged actual refugees for some of the scenes showing exodus of Hindu families from Kashmir. He also tries to tap the mindset of the local muslim population who claims to be in brotherhood with Hindus but succumb to diktats of the terrorists as it aims to benefit them too. Adil Khan and Sadia as the protagonist pair did an excellent job by portraying the freshness prevalent in the people of the valley. The film is also inspired by the literary work of Rahul Pandita in the form of book named ‘Our Moon Has Blood Clots’.

The music by Sandesh Shandilya and Abhay Sopori give the songs a Kashmiri touch which seems good in movie. However, there is nothing to remember in it. It washes out of your memory as the movie ends.

Cinematography by Rangarajan Ramabadran is impressive. The locales looks beautiful and reminds one as to why Kashmir is called Heaven on the Earth.

The film was released on 7th February 2020 in cinema halls. It didn’t get good response. It was now released digitally on Amazon Prime on 4th April 2020. The budget of the movie is said to be ₹14 crores. Shikara is still struggling to recover it.

Rating: 3 out of 5


RS Shandilya