The coincidence of it all is spooky.
Hindi film Hamid, schedule to be released on 1 March, will now be delayed.
Hamid is the story of a relationship that develops between an eight-year-old Kashmiri boy and a CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) trooper. In the wake of the Pulwama attack, the makers of the film have pushed back its release of the film, which explores the conflict in Kashmir through the perspective of the little boy.
“The film was made with the attempt to bridge the gap of alienation because that is the very root cause of what is happening in the valley,” director Aijaz Khan said. “At this time, we feel that the very attempt of peace and the work that our jawans are doing is being undermined,” Khan added.
Hamid, which is produced by Yoodlee Films, is a sensitive portrayal of the fragility of the human condition in the conflict-ridden Kashmir. The film stars Talha Arshad Reshi as the young protagonist, Rasika Dugal, Vikas Kumar and Sumit Kaul.
In the film, a little boy rings the “phone number of God”, 786, to ask after his father, who his mother says has “gone to Allah”. One day, his phone call is answered…
Yoodlee Films had been planning a special screening for CRPF troopers in Srinagar, scheduled for four days after a suicide bomber rammed his SUV packed with explosives into a CRPF bus on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Pulwama district. 49 soldiers lost their lives.
Siddharth Anand Kumar, Producer at Yoodlee Films, said, “The attack to the CRPF troopers in the Pulwama district can only be termed as heinous and dastardly act by those who have negated all sense of humanity within them. We at Yoodlee Films stand in solidarity with the families of the soldiers whose lives have been so cruelly erased.”
Kumar said the film carries a message of peace and hope in the most unlikely circumstances. “We are under attack now and this is neither the time nor the right atmosphere for us to release our film or for people to absorb the narrative of the film. We will take a call on the subsequent release date shortly,” he said.