Shikara: MOVIE REVIEW: First Day, First Show

shikara movie review

Movie: Shikara
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Starring: Sadia Khan, Aadil Khan

Review: Shikara is a love story. That being said, it is set in the backdrop of the 1990s Kashmiri Pandits exodus. This is a story that was longing to be told. And now it has been told and how. The movie is a tribute to director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s late mother, Shaanti, a Kashmiri pandit who had to flee the state to never return. The movie is also dedicated to Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s wife Anupama Chopra.

Actors Sadia and Aadil Khan play the roles of Shaanti and Shiv (a poet and a teacher), a Kashmiri couple. Both new actors play their roles with a lot of maturity and depth. Shikara is their love story that stands many conflicts, forced exiles and much more. Without making any political statements, Shikara stays true to its origin- the story of a Kashmiri pandit couple fleeing the state. It is a beautiful movie- almost like a love letter to Kashmir. Shikara Movie review

The movie keeps you hooked all along and the background score reminds you of the movie Roja and rightly so, after all, it has been done by A.R. Rahman. Shikara is an honest recounting of the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits. The movie gives you literal goosebumps. Seeing houses burned down or “hit lists” consisting of names of Kashmiri Pandits. It makes you feel sad that it took such a long time for this movie to come. Shikara is a movie that will haunt you and one that will stay with you for a long, long time.

This movie is definitely a must watch…and honestly, Shikara does not deserve to be rated.

You can watch the full Shikara movie review here.

Rating: 5/5

-Mrinaal Datt
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Mrinaal Datt is the founder and editor-in-chief of A Colorful Riot! She holds a dual degree in business and law (Panjab University) with a Master's specialisation in Constitutional and Administrative Law (Chandigarh University). She has been working as a freelance writer since 2014, and has the debut novel 'Meera' under her belt. Currently living in Melbourne, Australia, she works for Private Media as the Chief Production and Subeditor.


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