“Haider will show Kashmir from the inside” – Vishal Bharadwaj

Following the protests that were created against the shooting of Haider yesterday at the Kashmir University in Hazratbal, the film’s director Vishal Bharadwaj spoke to the protestors assuring them that the movie would be an entirely true depiction of all the tragedies that the people in the valley have undergone in the past two decades. He wasn’t disturbed or annoyed at the protests, as per what he told the media.

Also, he let out his thoughts on how he felt that the sufferings of the people there is the biggest human tragedy of our country.

“I want to share the pain which the people of Kashmir have gone through in the last 20-25 years and I want to be very sensitive and honest about it… Kashmir is the biggest human tragedy of our time.” was what the film maker said to the media reporters.

He also added by saying that, “In modern times, since I have been born and grew up, I do not think any other part of the country has gone through a bigger tragedy than this. And there has not been real depiction of that pain in Bollywood.”

The characters of Haider are all from Kashmir and come from a middle class family, according to Vishal. “All the characters are from Kashmir in my film. My film does not show people singing on a shikara (boat) or running with a gun. It is the story of a middle class family from here. My character is a well educated character,” he said.

As per what he says, Vishal Bhardwaj is going to show the real Kashmir, the one that people did not know about. He also felt an empathy for the students who have been arrested and detained regarding yesterday’s protests. “It was not a big deal. Even when we were in college we used to do that. I heard that some students were detained. It was very surprising and I felt very sad. There was no scene to hoist the national flag and I don’t know what really happened.” he said.

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