Syed Basharat | Kashmir Times, Jammu | Sunday, April 1, 2007
Sanjay Kak portrays true picture of Kashmir
Srinagar, Mar 31:
Celebrating Independence Day under the military might while curbing the right to freedom of Kashmiris was the crux of the 138-minute documentary ‘Jashn-e-Azadi’ by Sanjay Kak, which was screened in Tagore Hall here, today.
Kak, in his documentary has to a large extent succeeded in portraying the real picture of day-to-day happenings in Kashmir. “It has been a laborious job to shoot this documentary,” observed Kak while answering a question at the end of the screening.
It was the third screening of this documentary. The first was held in Delhi on March 13. Kak believes that the documentary has been made in order to ‘disturb’ the Indian audience who, according to him, has a different realization of the Kashmir issue.
“Just enough,” said Kak, what he wants to convey to the Indian audience. He added that his purpose of screening the film before Indian audience is that they will feel concerned about the Kashmir issue.
The documentary by Kak, unlike other, is without any Pakistan bashing and going by the sequence of events he has portrayed in his documentary the audience feedback at the end of screening was that he has depicted real situation in Kashmir.
The director has been able to juxtapose the events skillfully as one event of happiness leads the audience to contrasting reality of sorrow and grief.
Kak said that he cannot manipulate the truth and that has been the hallmark of his documentaries. “I have named them as Mujahids in the documentary as the local call so. Besides they (militants) identify themselves as Mujahids,” he added.
When asked about the absence of migration of Kashmiri Pandits, Chattisingpora Massacre, disappeared persons and some Hindu militants who have been killed during the movement the director of the documentary replied that his intention was not to make an encyclopedia on Kashmir but he has tried his best to include whatsoever was possible for him within stipulated time.
The documentary has described almost every dimension the Kashmir issue including a scene about an old man trying to locate his son’s grave in a martyrs graveyard, a young accustomed grave digger narrating how he has buried a number of unidentified people, burnt villages, frisking and beating, public resentment, blood spilled on streets, crackdowns, funeral of militants and much more.
The documentary also shows the people suffering from psychological disorders and dying tourism industry. In today’s screening some separatist leaders including Masarat Alam Bhat and Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi were also present among the audience and both lauded the efforts of Kak. Besides these leaders the audience included journalists, writers, theatrists and students.