Kher to Capture Plight of Kashmiri Pandits on Celluloid
Bollywood actor is collaborating with filmmaker Ashoke Pandit to highlight the predicament of the community
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.