Kashmir situation more than a political crisis: Bipasha

Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia's 'Lamhaa' has proven to be an enlightening and educative experience for actress Bipasha Basu.

After being attached to the film for close to couple of years, she feels it's not "just another movie" that she has done.

Instead, she now has a point of view about the socio-political state that Kashmir finds itself in. So much so that she believes that the situation should not be looked at in isolation because it could hold true even for states like Maharashtra or West Bengal. "The fact is that majority of us Indians have taken a backseat and don't think too much about what is really happening outside our household," said Bipasha in an interview.

"We don't care much either which is sad because what is happening in Kashmir is much more than just a political crisis," she said.

'Lamhaa' is about the ever prevailing tension in Kashmir and how factors like politics, army, police and militants work for or against each other to shake the lives of an average human being. "Why do we continue to be so ignorant about the state of affairs there when the fact is that something like that could happen tomorrow in Maharashtra, West Bengal or any part of out country," said Bipasha, who has been all shaken up with the experience of having lived the film for last so many months.

"Politics and religion are such strong elements that they can create a lot of problems. And when the issue of region also comes in, it becomes quite lethal actually," she added.

"This is a crisis situation in Kashmir and what a Kashmiri goes though is not really human. We have to think about it and 'Lamhaa' makes an honest and sincere attempt to do that," the actress says.

Bipasha said she is elated that promos of 'Lamhaa' have managed to make an instant impact, courtesy the thriller format in which the story of this Sanjay Dutt starrer is being told.

"There is so much hard work that has gone into the making of this film. Whether it is the director, producer or all us actors, we have experienced all kind of things during the filming of 'Lamhaa'. It will be great if the film is seen by many because it has in it to wake you to reality and shake you up," she said.

As has been seen in the past, whenever a film is made on a topical issue with strong socio-political angle attached to it, there is a possibility of the film landing in controversies but the actress insists that the National-Award winning filmmaker Dholakia has steered away from it.

"We have tried to keep the 'diplomatic angle' away. Yes, there are sensitive issues involved here and that have to be kept in mind. However, to ensure that the writing is perfect so that nothing comes across as artificial or made up, Dholakia has done a lot of research on Kashmir," the actress said.

Bipasha added that the team of 'Lamhaa' could afford to tell truth as much as it was allowed on screen. "We are not just trying to talk about political play between Hindustan and Pakistan here. That was not the intent. We wanted to tell a human story and have succeeded in doing that," she said.

Bipasha is hoping that the youth watches film as she said, "I just hope that youth watches 'Lamhaa' as well other than the frothy films that release practically every week. One should watch all kind of films. With the kind of infrastructure, dedication and conviction that has gone into the making of 'Lamhaa', we should encourage the effort more than ever."

Also starring Anupam Kher and Kunal Kapoor in principal roles, 'Lamhaa' is set to hit theatres this Friday.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.