Tia Bajpai, Prashant Kumar, Brijendra Kala, Saurabh Shukla, Raghubur Yadav, Vipin Sharma
An ambitious journalist who yearns for a 'worthwhile' assignment, Nazia (Tia) is sent to Kashmir by her boss to put an end to her constant pestering. What was ostensibly an otherwise safe project (she's sent to do a documentary on the beauty of the valley) turns out to be a nightmarish experience when she is caught in the cross-fire between the Special Task Force (STF) and terrorists.
Director Rahat Kazmi's Identity Card suffers from a fatal flaw: merely cobbling together a cast with a string of theatre actors, and choosing a 'sensitive' issue, is never enough to guarantee a hit. Unless, of course, you are able to back it up with a solid message. On that count, Identity Card falls flat on its face.If Kazmi thought that making a statement on the touchy subject of rehabilitation versus punishment for the valley's young who've jumped to the wrong side of the law would resonate with the audience, he's in for a rude jolt. Not for anything else, but for the simple fact that Identity Card fails to leave you with any lasting impression of either the valley's youngster's angst, or even about the trouble in Paradise.
When an inspector says that his wife isn't happy as they haven't had their honemoon trip, Sharma says, "Stop imagining honeymoons, start imagining funerals."
Towards the end, when Nazia thinks her guide Raju has been killed and accusses the SP of killing innocent people, he answers, "Hazaaro logo ki jaaan bachane ke liye char-panch begunaah marta hoon, wo marenge, aur main maarunga."
If anything, Vipin Sharma's acting is what stays with you. Watch the film, if you must, for the intentions and Sharma's skills.