As Occupied Kashmir continues to be under lockdown since August 5th as a result of the Indian government revoking its special status, tension between India and Pakistan continues to grow.
Occupied Kashmir is in a sorry state, but what makes it worse is the stance of many celebrities and influential personalities under the guise of patriotism.
Case in point: Priyanka Chopra and her recent condescending behavior at BeautyCon.
However, just because a number of celebrities have similarly spewed and hate on the sensitive issue, does not by any chance mean that nobody from India has a more humane, sensible stance on the matter.
Not more than two days ago, Indian filmmaker Shonali Bose took to her Instagram account to express her sheer dismay at India’s move to revoke Article 370. Shonali’s upcoming movie, The Sky is Pink stars Kashmiri actress Zaira Wasim, who also had a major role in Amir Khan’s stellar Bollywood movie Dangal.
Not only she deliver a breathtakingly excellent performance in Dangal, but she also received great support and love from Amir Khan off screen on a political matter. So much so that the legend called Zaira his role model.
Before Dangal, the then 18-year-old had starred in Amir Khan’s Secret Superstar, which rose her to fame.
Coming back to the Kashmir issue, the starlet has been out of contact and reach and it is greatly worrisome for Shonali.
Here is what the filmmaker wrote:
“It has been two weeks since the unprecedented communication blockade of Jammu and Kashmir. My heart is heavy as the sky is dark over India’s democracy right now.
My heart has always ached for the terrible human rights violations in the Valley — right from the times of the Congress government in the 90’s.”
Have a look at her entire post:
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#NotmyIndia. It has been two weeks since the unprecedented communication blockade of Jammu and Kashmir. My heart is heavy as the sky is dark over India’s democracy right now. My heart has always ached for the terrible human rights violations in the Valley – right from the times of the Congress government in the 90’s. The disappearances and killing of innocent youth is not new. Nor is the opening of fire on demonstrations. But this government has crossed every line with it’s draconian measures. I want to ask every Indian – every Bengali, Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Tamilian et al – how would you feel if your State was split overnight and converted into a Union Territory? Leave Article 370 aside for a moment and answer that honestly. For me the shock and anger at this unconstitutional act is laced with sorrow at how our own people must be feeling in this part of our country. Feelings we can only imagine – as there is still a blackout! On a personal level I have never known anyone before in the State. But now I have a child there. Zaira Wasim – the heart and soul of The Sky is Pink. I have known her and her family over one year – spent marvelous times with them in both Srinagar and Jammu. I was with them in Jammu just a day before this happened. Zaira was very worried that something terrible was afoot because of the sudden influx of massive troops. I reassured her not dreaming something so draconian and unprecedented could be carried out. And since then I’m besides myself with worry at not being able to reach her. To give her strength at this difficult time. To wish them Eid Mubarak. I’m sure they couldn’t celebrate it. We parted with the promise to stay in touch every day. Echoing a promise she and her brother make to each other in the film in a brilliantly acted and moving scene. But I can’t reach my baby right now. #NotmyIndia
Zaira is a Kashmiri star, so her disappearance has at least been noticed and is being talked about. It is only more scary to think of the thousands of people who have been victims of the blackout and other tortures that have followed.
However, it is encouraging to see stars speaking up on the Kashmir issue and bringing it to light in whatever capacity they are able to.
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