“Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast, Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast.”
Amir Khusro very famously wrote about Kashmir, that if there is Heaven on Earth anywhere, it definitely is in Kashmir. But is it really so? Is Kashmir really the Heaven that we all want to go to?
Kashmir has been struggling for a long time to even facilitate life in its surroundings. The days in Kashmir are full of gloom due to the decades-long fight between India and Pakistan over Kashmir’s ‘land’. In the current scenario, Kashmir and the people of Kashmir have been ‘othered’ by the state and a major part of the population has created an image of Kashmiris based on the state powered narrative of it. The voice of Kashmiris is being subdued under the political agendas of power.
With our film, Nazariya: Story of Kashmir, we try to bring out those voices and see their perspective. It is time to really open our eyes and see what Kashmir really is beyond all the narratives around it.
Special Thanks to Suhail Ahmed Mohd. Waseem Bhat Amit Tikoo
Conceptualized & Directed By Ruchi Roy
Video by Ek Aagaaz