Shikara (2020 film)

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Shikara film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVidhu Vinod Chopra
Produced byVidhu Vinod Chopra
Screenplay byVidhu Vinod Chopra
Rahul Pandita
Abhijat Joshi
Story byVidhu Vinod Chopra
StarringAadil Khan
Sadia Khateeb
Music bySongs:
Sandesh Shandilya
Abhay Sopori
Rohit Kulkarni
A. R. Rahman
CinematographyRangarajan Ramabadran
Edited byVidhu Vinod Chopra
Shikhar Misra
Distributed byFox Star Studios
Release date
  • 7 February 2020 (2020-02-07)[1]
Running time
120 minutes[2]
Box officeest. 8.15 crore[3]

Shikara is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film produced and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film is based on the love story of a Kashmiri Pandit couple at the peak of insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir during the 1990s and the subsequent exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley.[4][5][6] The film was released on 7 February 2020.[1]


The film is based on the love story of Shanti (Sadia Khateeb[7]) and Shiv Dhar, who are Kashmiri Pandits in the backdrop of the Exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from Kashmir.[1] The book Our Moon Has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita has inspired many parts of the movie.[8]


  • Aadil Khan as Shiv Kumar Dhar
  • Sadia Khateeb as Shanti Dhar
  • Zamir Ashai as Khursheed Hassan Lone
  • Zain Khan Durrani as Lateef Lone
  • Priyanshu Chatterjee as Naveen
  • Vinay Raina as Shiv's Father
  • Bhavana Chauhan as Arti
  • Ashwin Dhar as Mohanlal
  • Farid Azad Khan as Rehmana
  • Saghar Sehrai as Haji Sahab
  • Mushtaq Kak as Masood Sahab
  • Anjana Sood as Shiv's mother
  • Faiyaz Dilbar as Shanti's father
  • Shahid Lateef as Yunus
  • Ajay Kaul as Manoharlal Kaul
  • Rahul Kilam as Raina's Son
  • Ravi Braroo as Raina Sahab
  • Rahul Pandita (from jagti known as badshah bhai) as Direction director


In March 2018, it was reported that a film was shot under the title "Love and Letters" in Kashmir by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. In an interview later, he mentioned that almost entirely film was shot in Kashmir. Initially in Summer, then in autumn and again in Winter. Only refugee camps were recreated in Mumbai and some sequences in Agra, but this part of story is brief. Shots in Kashmir included several places such as the Lalit Hotel in Srinagar, on shikaras in the middle of a lake, on the backwaters of the Dal, in a desolate Hindu house, near Hazratbal and many more.[9]

Some scenes were reported to be shot in Wandhama near Ganderbal, where one of the biggest massacre in the Valley, 23 Kashmiri Hindus — four children, nine women and ten men were massacred in 1998.[10]


Lead characters of Kashmiri birth, Aadil Khan and Sadia were cast to lend authenticity. Several Kashmiri Pandits were selected for principal cast. Also, to make refugee camps as similar as possible to the real ones 30 years ago (19 January 1990), actual refugees were cast. Approximately 4,000 out of 400,000 refugees, who are currently inhabitants of Jagti Nagrota Migrant Camp and other refugee camps agreed to take part. They were women, children and older people. Refugee camp scenes were shot for several days and nights in Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu.[11]


The film was released on 7 February 2020.[1] It was released digitally on April 4, 2020 on Amazon Prime Video in India.[12]

This film was criticized and even boycotted by some people for focusing on the "romantic love story" rather than the forced exodus of Kashmiri Hindus.[13]


Critical response[edit]

The Times of India gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars, and called it largely a one-sided story which does cater to the cinematic appeal of certain movie-goers.[2] Jyoti Kanyal of India Today also gives the movie 3 out of 5 stars and writes that the story "beautifully combines real incidents and a fictional love story".[14] Both TOI and India Today praise debutantes Sadia and Aadil Khan.[14][2] Newslaundry reviews the film as a successful love story but a failed political drama.[15] The Hindu gives a more critical review, saying that "Chopra buries politics under the garb of ‘love and hope’" and ends up making the movie simplistic.[16] Livemint also comments on the 'simplification of politics behind the exodus' in the movie.[17] Nandini Ramnath of also writes a similar review, weak in history, strong in love.[18] Firstpost also gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars.[8]


Soundtrack album by
Sandesh Shandilya, Abhay Sopori and Rohit Kulkarni
Released6 February 2020[19]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The film score was composed by A. R. Rahman and his apprentice group Qutub-E-Kripa. This marked Rahman's first collaboration with Vidhu Vinod Chopra, 26 years after Rahman declined an offer by Chopra in 1994.[20]

The film's songs are composed by Sandesh Shandilya, Abhay Sopori and Rohit Kulkarni with lyrics written by Irshad Kamil, Bashir Arif and Raqueeb Alam.

Track listing
1."Mar Jaayein Hum"Irshad KamilSandesh ShandilyaPapon, Shradha Mishra3:58
2."Ghar Bhara Sa Lage"Irshad KamilSandesh ShandilyaPapon, Shreya Ghoshal3:47
3."Shukrana Gul Khile"Bashir ArifAbhay SoporiMunir Ahmad Mir2:36
4."Chattar Pattar"Raqueeb AlamRohit KulkarniMika Singh3:38
5."Teri Arzoo Mein"Irshad KamilSandesh ShandilyaPapon, Kaushiki Chakraborty4:07
6."Ae Wadi Shehzadi"Irshad KamilSandesh ShandilyaPapon3:35
7."Umr Guzri"Irshad KamilSandesh ShandilyaAadil Khan2:26
Total length:24:07

Box office[edit]

Shikara earned 1.20 crore at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected ₹1.85 crore. On the third day, the film collected ₹1.90 crore, taking total opening weekend collection to ₹4.95 crore. The lifetime collection of the film in net gross India was ₹8.15 crore.[3]


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  13. ^ "Kashmiri Pandit woman lashes out at Vidhu Vinod Chopra at Shikara screening: I disown your film". India Today. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
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  16. ^ Rosario, Kennith (7 February 2020). "'Shikara' movie review: A simplistic and tepid weepy". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
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  18. ^ Ramnath, Nandini. "'Shikara' movie review: The romance triumphs over the history lesson". Retrieved 7 February 2020.
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