[ screening news 1 ]

We just finished a preview screening today at the Habitat Centre, Delhi. It had everything – a full house of more than 400 viewers, a passionate discussion, and even a small and strident group of protesters. Your reactions could be posted here


3 Responses to “[ screening news 1 ]”

  1. 1 Vishakha March 14, 2007 at 10:44 am

    A house full of 400 viewers hahahahahahah all A** H****.
    That is why you stopped smart people from entering into the hall.

    Dont do such desperate measures to gain popularity. If you have guts then make a movie that showcases all sides of coins not only LIES.

    SHAME ON YOU. And to hell with your bull shit movie

  2. 2 Rashneek Kher March 14, 2007 at 11:49 am

    Let me tell you friends…Sanjay Kak was answering my mails earlier and had agreed to even meet me.Now suddenly hes got cold feet and rightly so.His knowledge of history and kashmir is equal to my knowledge of microbiology of which i just know spellings.Anyways,not more than 200 people were in the hall out of which 30 people were the team of the movie.Incidentally one of my friends whose marriage he showed in the movie wasnt even asked whether it should be shown or not.Such is his morality.
    Now movie making…I have no issues what we shows…naturally he did not have an option.Even if I have Yasin Malik and his gang of goons paying me (and that eternal fear of death)I would show what I am asked to.
    I must admit that the pain of death and destruction be it of my muslim brethern or pandits it haunts me and pains me.My problem is with the protoganists he had chosen.Of all the people he could find only Yasin Malik a dreaded terrorist who has murdered people in cold blood.
    When Yasin talks about humanity all I can say id
    But ham ko kahe kafir
    Allah ki marzi hai

    We are with Kashmiri Muslims in their hour of pain…but Yasin and his cronies….

    May them rest in ….


    Rashneek Kher

  3. 3 Pawan Durani March 15, 2007 at 11:35 am

    400 people present is a straight lie and as good as the picture is all about.

    The intolerance of the separatists and the film maker can be gauged by the way they have even removed the comments from the Blog.

    The film besides glorifying acts of terrorim has nothing to add.

    The film maker does not care to convince the people that the miseries which an average Kashmiri is facing is creation of people like Yasin Malik …whom he had invited as the Chief Guest for the screening.

    What more for the Psuedo intellectuals ?

    The film maker does not have a word about how Kashmiri pandits were massacred in Kashmir. Instead his figures are 200 pandits killed. The film maker is pathetically low on intellectual knowledge and facts.

    The film maker and his gang had no answers for those Kashmiri Pandits who asked him questions , obviously he wont have. His masters probably did not anticipate the questions.

    Why did he ignore to show destructions of temples…..I can give him a Big List ? This tell where his priorities lies ….

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Festival screenings

May 26, 2008 / International Video Festival of Kerala
Apr 28, 2008 / Dok.Fest
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7 Dec 2007 / School of Oriental & African Studies & Sacred Media Cow
6 Dec 2007 / Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds
Egham, Surrey
3 Dec 2007 / Royal Holloway, University of London
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26 Nov 2007 / Russian Centre of Science & Culture & Magic Lantern Foundation

New Jersey
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Sep 27, 2007 / University of Pennsylvania
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Sep 26, 2007 / Vassar College
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Sep 25, 2007 / New School for Social Research
Sep 23, 2007 @ MIT
Sep 22, 2007 / SALDA
Sep 21, 2007 / University of Toronto
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Sep 20, 2007 / Yale University
Sep 18, 2007 / University of Minnesota

Aug 10, 2007 / Pure Docs, Prasad Preview, Banjara Hills

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July 14, 2007 / Institute of Agrl. Technologies, Queens Road
July 13, 2007 / Centre for Film & Drama, Millers Road
June 13, 2007, Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar Hall
June 12, 2007, National Film Archive of India Auditorium
May 29, 2007, Blue Moon Hotel
May 26, 2007, Assam Club, Laban
May 12, 2007, Hindi Bhavan Hall
March 31, 2007, Tagore Hall
New Delhi
March 23, 2007, Sarai-CSDS
New Delhi
March 13, 2007, India Habitat Center



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