The first images from National Award winning director Rahul Dholakia’s film Lamhaa look familiar. Have we seen this movie before? No, but we have seen Mission Kashmir and Sanjay Dutt’s get-up in Lamhaa is reminiscent of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s earlier film.
The first look was unveiled during the ongoing IIFA weekend. “Lamhaa is about that moment between life and death and is placed in Kashmir because you never know when that moment may arrive there. We shot in the valley at a time when trouble was still brewing and the future was uncertain. It was scary,” Dholakia reiterates. Sanjay Dutt mutters, “The war is over sir, but the battle has just begun.” Profound!
Kunal Kapoor plays a young politician, no names given. Bipasha Basu admits that being a Bengali girl made playing a Kashmiri local difficult. “I just did as my director told me to,” she asserts, flashing her dimples. Anupam Kher, a Kashmiri Pandit, took a lot back home. “I’ve known Kashmir when it was free of bombs, gunfire and the army. But when I returned to the valley recently for this film, I saw only fear and destruction. Cinema teaches you to separate yourself from emotional issues, but I was still sad to see what my paradise had lost,” Kher says emotionally.
Talking about his film, which reportedly went through several hurdles, the biggest being finance, producer Bunty Walia points out, a trifle sarcastically, “There were no problems finishing the film, I just wish I had some more money.”