Kher to Cap­ture Plight of Kash­miri Pan­dits on Cel­lu­loid

Bol­ly­wood ac­tor is col­lab­o­rat­ing with film­maker Ashoke Pan­dit to high­light the predica­ment of the com­mu­nity

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told ET. Ashoke Pan­dit could not be reached for com­ments de­spite re­peated at­tempts to do so.

The movie will be about the “trauma, an­guish, hope” of Pan­dits and also how they be­came “vic­tims of geno­cide”, Kher said. He said it was “not nec­es­sary” that the movie would por­tray the predica­ment of the Pan­dits as “a cru­sade”.

Kher has built him­self a high pro­file on the na­tional po­lit­i­cal stage by tak­ing the BJP’s side on is­sues rang­ing from the de­bate on in­tol­er­ance and the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity cam­pus ag­i­ta­tion. He also sought to lend sup­port to stu­dents protest­ing at the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (NIT) in Sri­na­gar. Ashoke Pan­dit has been equally ac­tive on so­cial me­dia in sup­port of the Naren­dra Modi govern­ment and against its op­po­nents. Kher, who has also emerged as a lead­ing ad­vo­cate for the in­ter­ests of the Pan­dit com­mu­nity, said the film project is the fruit of in­tense re­search by Ashoke Pan­dit.

A trade source said the script has been kept un­der wraps and that Kher is likely to play a lawyer in the movie. While con­firm­ing the project, the ac­tor didn’t di­vulge de­tails.

ANU­PAM KHER Bol­ly­wood ac­tor

Kher said the idea was at a “de­vel­op­ing stage” and that “cin­ema is a pow­er­ful medium” to ex­press opin­ion. The ac­tor, who re­cently was awarded a Padma Bhushan for his con­tri­bu­tion to cin­ema, has been tipped for a Ra­jya Sabha nom­i­na­tion.

His wife and ac­tress Kirron Kher is a BJP Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment.

Ear­lier this month, Kher was de­nied en­try into NIT Sri­na­gar by Jammu and Kash­mir po­lice cit­ing pos­si­ble law and or­der prob­lems. He was stopped at Sri­na­gar air­port from pro­ceed­ing fur­ther, a move he re­ferred to as “air­port ar­rest.” Kher had praised NIT stu­dents for protest­ing against those who al­legedly raised anti-In­dia slo­gans af­ter In­dia’s de­feat in the T20 World Cup semi­fi­nal.

ARINDAM

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