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Iranian filmmaking in Kashmiri autumn

July 25, 2012

Set in 2002, shot in 2009, Aamir Bashir’s film Harud will be in select PVR cinemas on Friday, 27 July. Harud is clearly inspired by Iranian films which manage to say a lot without saying much. Like a lot of Iranian cinema, a child is at the centre of the film. The brilliant acting by Shahnawaz Bhat, who plays the protagonist Rafiq, makes the film. In the expressions on his face there is ambiguity and wonderment as much as there is humiliation, helplessness and a desire to do something to change things around him. Here is a film about Kashmir that does not begin with beautiful landscape and does not end with a big encounter between militants and forces. This is not a film that seeks to explain the Kashmir conflict – rather, it takes you inside the lives of ordinary people and how they faced the madness of a conflict. Regardless of what your views on Kashmir are, Harud succeeds in making you empathise with Rafiq and others around him. That, for any narrative on Kashmir, is no small achievement.

Read more about the film in Time Out and ArtViewBlog. Here are some interesting interviews of the director.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2012 4:44 PM

    that’s severe generalization! Most Iranian films have way more dialogues than Harud, and apart from a couple of famously obvious films, they don’t have plots centered around kids. Aamir Bashir must clarify his real inspirations.

  2. July 25, 2012 6:06 PM

    Thanks for this.
    Hope it comes to Bangalore.

  3. July 26, 2012 2:43 PM

    In a conflict bteween two coercive forces, each calling itself legitimate, common man suffers. The wise in such circumstances, do not take sides, hope for an early end to the conflict. They avoid both sides without as far as possible, annoying either.

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