Washington: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is of Kashmiri ethnicity, was presented a “Certificate of Recognition” by the California legislature for his dedicated efforts towards helping the community, which was displaced from the Kashmir valley due to militancy 25 years ago.
Humbled by the recognition, the actor says that with the honour comes a sense of responsibility. “I feel honoured to get these recognitions in the US. But they also add to my sense of responsibility towards humankind,” Anupam tweeted on Tuesday.
The actor, who was touring the US and Canada for his play “Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha“, felt ennobled with the honour on September 12.
The document read: “Certificate of Recognition presented to Anupam Kher in recognition as an agent for change, he is a champion in achieving gender equality, women’s right and a defender of human rights, representing the community of 500,000 Kashmiri Hindus displaced and dislodged, many who immigrated to the United States.”
The “Baby” actor wrote alongside the photograph: “Thank you Assembly Member, California Legislature @rudysalasjr and @kthusu for this most important recognition.”
Anupam, who has worked in a number of Indian as well international films like “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Bend It Like Beckham”, has always voiced his opinion about the struggle of the Kashmiri Pandits and how they can be assisted.
He strongly reacted when director Vishal Bhardwaj dedicated his National Award win of “Haider” to Kashmiri Pandits, calling it a “fraudish thing to do”.
Meanwhile, the recognition is another feather in his cap of glory as the actor was presented with the “Honoured Guest” award by the US state of Texas for his contribution to cinema and art, and September 10 was declared as ‘Anupam Kher Day’ in Las Vegas.
Kashmirwhich is known as the “Living Paradise on Earth”, Kashmir which has its own majestic beauty~ always purveys the panoramic and all embracing view of the beautiful nature. Nature has so lavishly endowed Kashmir with unequivocal benevolence which hardly finds a parallel in any land in this world.
For so many years, Kashmir has been a hub of shooting Bollywood Movies. Be it the couple romancing and singing in a boat amidst Dal Lake or in the resplendent views of Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Char Chinar or Srinagar~ Kashmir has given the perfect mood to match the Aesthetics.
The times eventually changed when militancy became illustrious and the era from 2000s saw an inundation of films which were politically sensitive where Kashmir was made the intrinsic part of the scripts along with its backdrop.
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Today, I have brought a few bollywood films which have their plait confined to Kashmir and were shot amidst its scenic beauty. Hope you will enjoy!
DIRECTOR: Vishal Bhardwaj
STARRING: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor, Narendra Jha, Kay Kay Menon.
Haider is a fervent adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, and so far, Vishal Bhardwaj’s Magnum Opus! Bhardwaj had engrossingly adapted “Hamlet” to the rise of Kashmir Conflict in the formerly peaceful South-Western part of Jammu and Kashmir in the Era of 90s. The story is about grieving son’s search for his missing and adoring father. All the actors in the film have played their roles with par excellence. According to me, Haider is a wonderful piece of art, it tells the pain of poetic narrations and complex sentiments along with deep fervours.
DIRECTOR: Abhishek Kapoor
STARRING: Tabu, Katrina Kaif, Aditya Roy Kapoor
Fitoor is based on a popular novel by Charles Dickens titled “The Great Expectation”. It is a soft and emotional love story. Its songs blend with the natural music of the Himalayan Mountains. The characters in the film possess a casual tenderness. It is a very passionate film and the amazing visuals of Kashmir add different dimensions to the myriad aspects of this movie. Surely watch it if you are a lover of romantic celluloids.
LAILA MAJNU (2018)
DIRECTOR: Sajid Ali
STARRING: Avinash Tiwary, Tripti Dimri
There are love stories that never die, and then there is Laila Majnu. It is a folklore about two passionate lovers who are never destined to meet. This film for me is a moving celluloid that is a retelling of an eternal Love Saga whose characters live in contemporary times, but the emotions are still the same. The performances by the two actors are exceptional that will make you feel the pain, longing, heartbreak and separation. The music in this film is a masterpiece, which suits the mood of every scene of the film. You will surely get allured by the bewitching scenic view of Kashmir as a whole! This film is surely a must watch.
DIRECTOR: Nitin Kakkar
STARRING: Zaheer Iqbal, Pranutan Bahl
Notebook is one of the films which will take you along with them and you eventually feel teleported to heavenly Kashmir as backdrop. It is an unconventional love story where major issues of Jammu and Kashmir are subtly touched upon. It is so beautiful to see how simply a “Notebook” becomes the soul of the film, which also shows that children understand the language of love. It is a simple and mesmerizing story with brilliant cinematography. If you look for some old-world romance in today’s time~ then this film is surely made for you!
DIRECTOR: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
STARRING: Aadil Khan, Sadia
Shikara is a masterpiece which reflects the agony faced by Kashmiri Pandits because of the political turmoil in Kashmir in the 80s. It is based on real life incidents which will make you feel a lot through its words than the action. Premirely in every way, Shikara displays romance between two characters Shiv (Aadil Khan) and Shanti (Sadia) who, along with Immense grief of lost home share bliss of togetherness and hope. The slide of the film begins with late 80s and it rolls down to 2018 to its culmination with lead characters ageing, along with the dismay and hopelessness over their original homeland. Chopra has skillfully tied all of it with his passionate skills of a lucrative filmmaker. This film is a mastercraft! It is beautifully shot in Kashmir Paradise! You can surely feel the love and the pain as it comes. Altogether, This film is an alluring piece and again a must watch!