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Vidhu plans a film on Kashmiri Pandits written by Rahul Pandita

Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra has been working on a script with author Rahul Pandita for a few years now and plans to produce as well as direct the movie. He also has a tentative title — Pachasvi Saalgirah (50th Anniversary) — in mind.

bollywood Updated: Apr 06, 2015 09:50 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
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He was born in a Punjabi family that was settled in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. But like hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s family, too, had to flee the state as the insurgency began in the early 1990s. Now, Chopra wants to revisit the area by means of a film on Kashmiri Pandits.

The filmmaker has been working on the script for a few years now, and also has a tentative title — Pachasvi Saalgirah (50th Anniversary) — in mind. "I have been working on the story with Rahul Pandita, who has written a fantastic book called Our Moon Has Blood Clots. If the story works out well, I will definitely make the film," says Chopra. The 62-year-old filmmaker says that he would not only like to produce this film, but also direct it. "It all depends on the script, but the story is close to my heart," he adds.

In 2000, Chopra had explored the unrest in Kashmir in his film, Mission Kashmir. "My home (in Kashmir) was looted; my mother had to leave Kashmir overnight while my brother was attacked with a knife. Even when I made Mission Kashmir, I had portrayed how ‘Kashmiriyat’ was being demolished," he recalls.

PM Modi responds to Chopra
A few days ago, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra had told us that he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to watch his upcoming Hollywood film Broken Horses, that he has directed. A spokesperson from Chopra’s office has now confirmed that the filmmaker has received a response from PM Modi.

Although the PM will not be able to attend the screening that Chopra wanted to organise for him, he did wish him all the best. The message also thanked Chopra for the invitation.

First Published: Apr 06, 2015 08:45 IST