Naseem (film)

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Directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Produced by NFDC
Written by Saeed Akhtar Mirza
Ashok Mishra
Starring Kaifi Azmi,
Mayuri Kango,
Seema Kelkar,
Kulbhushan Kharbanda,
Kay Kay Menon,
Surekha Sikri
Music by Vanraj Bhatia
Cinematography Virendra Saini
Edited by Javed Sayyed
Release dates 1995
Running time 120 mins
Language Hindi/Urdu

Naseem, (The Morning Breeze in English), is an 1995 Hindi film directed by Saeed Akhtar Mirza based on his own story.

Naseem is considered an important socio-political film that marks a turning point in the Hindu-Muslim dynamics in India as it is based around the Babri Masjid demolition of 1992. It stands amidst great films of this genre, like KA Abbas's Dharti Ke Lal (1946) and M. S. Satyu's Garam Hawa (1973).

It won the 1996 National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Saeed Akhtar Mirza and Ashok Mishra.

The film marks the screen debut for Kay Kay Menon, Mayuri Kango and has the distinction of being the only screen role of Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi.


Naseem means Morning breeze, and charts the story of a young school going girl Naseem (Mayuri Kango) in the months leading up to the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992.

She shares deep and loving bond with his ailing grandfather (Kaifi Azmi) who represents the era of communal harmony between Hindus and Muslims in India, as he fondly recalls the times he spent in pre-Independent Agra.

As communal tension erupts in the city of Bombay, Naseem get increasingly bewildered by changing dynamics at her school and in the neighbourhood, while her grandfather watches helplessly at a city getting deeply divided over the Babri Masjid issue.

The film ends with the grandfather passing away on the day of demolition of Babri Masjid.


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