Controversial film about CRPF Jawans shelved post Pulwama Attack
A controversial Indian film dealing with the lives of the CRPF jawans in Kashmir has been shelved after the Pulwama Terror Attack.
Aijaz Khan's film "Hamid'', which was scheduled to release on March 1. However, in the wake of the attack, the film has been postponed indefinitely, reports IANS.
On February 14th, a suicide bomber took an explosive-laden van and rammed it into a convoy of CPRF personnel. The death toll was raised to 49 and it has given rise to nationwide condemnation and solidarity with the soldiers.
"Hamid", which is produced by Yoodlee Films, was to be a sensitive portrayal of the fragility of the human condition in the conflict-ridden Kashmir. The film stars Talha Arshad Reshi, Rasika Dugal, Vikas Kumar and Sumit Kaul.
"The story of 'Hamid' is of a relationship between a CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) trooper and an eight-year-old Kashmiri boy by the name of Hamid,” Khan said in a statement. “The film was made with the attempt to bridge the gap of alienation because that is the very root cause of what is happening in the valley.”
"At this time, we feel that the very attempt of peace and the work that our jawans are doing is being undermined," Khan added.
Siddharth Anand Kumar, Vice President, Films and Television, Saregama India, and Producer at Yoodlee Film, said: "The attack to the CRPF troopers in the Pulwama district can only be termed as a heinous and dastardly act by those who have negated all sense of humanity within them.''
"We at Yoodlee Films stand in solidarity with the families of the soldiers whose lives have been so cruelly erased."
"We are under attack now and this is neither the time nor the right atmosphere for us to release our film or for people to absorb the narrative of the film - hence we have decided to shift the date of release. We will take a call on the subsequent release date shortly," he added.