Shikara Movie Review- Best Story of Kashmiri Pandit 2020

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Shikara Movie Review- Story of Kashmiri Pandit 2020

‘Shikara – The Untold Story of Kashmiri Pandit’ Movie review

Artists – Aadil Khan as Shiv Kumar Dhar, Sadia as Shanti Dhar

In the year 1990, Kashmiri Pandits were expelled from the valley, ‘Shikara‘ is the story of that time. The film revolves around a newly married couple (Shiva and Shanti), who have to leave their home, their Kashmir overnight, due to communal tension. They spend years in the Refugee Camp with the hope that one day they might be able to return home.

Movie story

Shiv Kumar Dhar lives a happy married life in Kashmir with his wife Shanti. Both of them build their own house with a lot of names, which is named ‘Shikara’. Here, communal violence is increasing in the valley. (Shikara Movie Review)

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Kashmiri Pandits are being threatened to leave the valley, and those who are not going are being burnt. Tension is increasing day by day. In such a situation, Shiva and Shanti also had to leave their home in Kashmir and migrate for a lifetime.

On January 19, 1990, millions of Kashmiri Pandits were forced out of their homes, after which they were forced to live like a refugee. They all had two options – either save their lives and stay away from their birthplace forever .. or stay in Kashmir and become victims of communal violence.

Going through these events, the height of Shiva and Shanti’s love passes through, this is the story of the film.


Adil Khan and Saadia are quite mature in the roles of Shiva and Shanti. This is his first film, but both have done full justice to his character. Innocence, fear, pain is evident on both faces. Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra has used the gestures of both actors effectively. The supporting cast also did a great job.

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Perona, a cute little love story amidst the communally tense atmosphere, would not have been easy for director Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The unjust incident of Kashmiri Pandits is woven by the director with two characters, which touches the heart. (Shikara Movie Review)

At the same time, he has also maintained the reality of the film. In the first half of the film, where the film moves forward very fast and many incidents happen, in the second half, the relationship between Shiva and Shanti is centered, which can boil down to the audience.

Technical aspect

The strongest side of the film is music and cinematography .. which gives a different level to the story. The film showcases the beauty of Kashmir beautifully. At the same time, the view of the Refugee Camp can make your eyes moist.

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Along with directing, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has also worked on the writing and editing of the film. Editing done by Vidhu Vinod Chopra with Shikhar Misra is agile.


Music in the film is given by Sandesh Shandilya, Abhay Sapori and Rohit Kulkarni. There is no doubt that the music of the film is very good. All the songs were written by Irshad Kamil touch the heart. Especially the pain that elicits ‘e Wadi Shehzadi’, it moistens the eyes. The background score given by AR Rahman is also strong.

Music by Songs: Sandesh Shandilya, Abhay Sopori, Rohit Kulkarni
Score: A. R. Rahman, Qutub-E-Kripa

See or not see

The way Vidhu Vinod Chopra, a Kashmiri Pandit was expelled from Kashmir Valley in 1990, 30 years ago, has put it in a very touching manner. 3.5 stars to Shikara from Filmibeast. (Shikara Movie Review)


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