Hamid (film)

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Hamid film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAijaz Khan
Produced bySiddharth Anand Kumar
Vikram Mehra
Written byRavinder Randhawa
Sumit Saxena
Screenplay byRavinder Randhawa
Based onPhone No. 786
by Mohd. Amin Bhat[2]
StarringRasika Dugal
Vikas Kumar
Talha Arshad Reshi
Music byAndrew T. Mackay[3]
CinematographyJohn Wilmor
Edited byAfzal Shaikh
Yoodlee Films
Distributed bySaregama
Release date
  • 14 December 2018 (2018-12-14) (Smile International Film Festival for Children & Youth)
  • 15 March 2019 (2019-03-15)[1]
Running time
108 minutes[3]
Box officeest. 0.07 crore[4]

Hamid is an Indian drama film directed by Aijaz Khan. The film stars Rasika Dugal,[5][6][7][8] Vikas Kumar and Talha Arshad Reshi in major roles, and is an adaptation of the play Phone No. 786 by Mohd. Amin Bhat.[2] The story revolves about a seven-year-old Hamid who learns that 786 is God's number and decides to try and reach out to God, by dialing this number. He wants to talk to his father, who his classmate tells him has gone to Allah. One fine day the phone call is answered, and two lives shattered in the strife of Kashmir find a way to be complete again. The film is produced by Yoodlee Films,[9][10] a venture of Saregama. The official trailer was released on 10 October 2018.[11] Global premiere of Hamid was held at the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival.[12] The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Urdu at the 66th National Film Awards hosted in August 2019.[13]


Hamid is a young boy of seven, in search of his father who went missing a year ago. He somehow discovers that 786 is Allah's number, makes some combination and finally dials a phone number which is answered. Thus begins a series of conversations with the person on the other line who happens to be a CRPF soldier finding solace in Hamid's innocent talk. Hamid tells him about his father, his teachings and how his absence has changed their lives. Meanwhile, Hamid's mother is not able to make peace with the fact that her husband has disappeared. She is always lost in her grief and is dejected. Hamid tries to learn his father's boat-making craft among various other means to please Allah, in belief that his father might return some day. Finally on one of the days Hamid realizes that his father is dead and would never return. His mother comes to terms with his death on the very same day. In the epilogue it is shown that Hamid finally gets his much desired red paint for the newly deigned boat (probably sent by the CRPF jawan), paints it and sails on it with his mother.

The film denotes how eventually people learn to deal with tragedies and move on no matter what, and serves as a powerful depiction of human resilience. What is striking is also the fact that despite being naive the boy knows the difference between what is right and what is wrong due to his father's teachings, again stressing the fact that we are a result of our upbringing.


  • Talha Arshad Reshi as Hamid
  • Vikas Kumar as Abhay
  • Rasika Dugal as Ishrat
  • Sumit Kaul as Rehmat
  • Mir Sarwar as Abbass
  • Bashir Lone as Rasool Chacha
  • Veer Rajwant Singh as Rajinder
  • Ashraf Nagoo as Basheer
  • Qazi Faiz as Beggar
  • Umar Adil as Police Officer
  • Gulam Hussain Barji as Shopkeeper
  • Sajid as Police Constable
  • Shafia as Noor

Marketing and release[edit]

The theatrical release poster of the film was released on 11 February 2019 giving the release date as 1 March 2019.[14] The release date was pushed back to 15 March 2019.[1]

The trailer of the film was released on 10 October 2018. It has 7.3 million views on YouTube since its release.[15]

Home media[edit]

The film was made available for streaming on Netflix in May 2019.[16][17]


The Hollywood Reporter finds the film sobering yet hopeful account of compassion emerging in the midst of conflict.[3] Kunal Guha writing for Bangalore Mirror gives three stars out of five and feels that the film successfully managed to subliminally highlight the sentiments of Kashmiris without turning the film into a political statement. He calls it the biggest victory of the film.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
23 December 2019 National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Urdu Director: Aijaz Khan
Production House: Saregama India Limited
Won [18]
National Film Award for Best Child Artist Talha Arshad Reshi Won


  1. ^ a b Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (5 March 2019). "#Hamid gets a new release date: 15 March 2019... Stars a young boy from #Kashmir Talha Arshad Reshi with Rasika Dugal, Vikas Kumar and Sumit Kaul... Directed by Aijaz Khan... A Yoodlee film... New poster: t.co/EzLVZeeVW7" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ a b c Guha, Kunal (15 March 2019). "Hamid movie review Aijaz Khan subliminally highlights sentiments of Kashmiris without turning the film into a political statement". Bangalore Mirror.
  3. ^ a b c Lowe, Justin (18 January 2019). "'Hamid': Film Review|Palm Springs 2019". Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ "Hamid - Box office collection till now". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  5. ^ "After Manto, Rasika Dugal To Be Next Seen In Aijaz Khan's Hamid". News18.com. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Rasika Dugal to play Kashmiri widow in Aijaz Khan's Hamid". Cinestaan. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Rasika Dugal to play mother in Kashmir-set film Hamid". The Indian Express. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Rasika Dugal signs Yoodle Films Hamid". India Today. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Yoodlee Films announces the line-up of upcoming 10 releases". Outlook. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Yoodlee Films announces the line-up of upcoming 10 releases". India.com. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  11. ^ Yoodlee Films (10 October 2018), Hamid | Trailer | MAMI | Aijaz Khan | Talha Arshad Reshi, Rasika Dugal, Vikas Kumar, Sumit Kaul, retrieved 21 November 2018
  12. ^ "Hamid at Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival - Jinnions". JINNIONS. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  13. ^ "National Film Awards 2019: Full winners list". The Indian Express. 9 August 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  14. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (11 February 2019). "Yoodlee Films' first theatrical release for 2019 is on its way...  #Hamid releases on 1 March 2019... Directed by Aijaz Khan... Stars the young boy from #Kashmir Talha Arshad Reshi with Rasika Dugal, Vikas Kumar and Sumit Kaul... Poster: t.co/EzLVZeeVW7" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Hamid - Trailer|MAMI|Aijaz Khan|Talha Arshad Reshi, Rasika Duggal". Yoodlee Films on YouTube.
  16. ^ "Hamid". New On Netflix –USA–. May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Hamid". Netflix. May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Hamid bagged best Urdu film and best child actor award at the 66th National Film Awards". Firstpost. 10 August 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2020.

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