Vidhu Vinod Chopra: every movie of mine has a message

Joining, not fighting is the message in your last offer ' Shikara , focusing on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, says the filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra . The filmmaker said it is important for him to send a message with every story he tells.

In each movie I have a message, as in ' 3 idiots 'it was about chasing excellence, in' Munnabhai ... 'it was about Gandhigiri. The message of this film 'Shikara' is very clear and simple 'Todo Nahi Jodo' (unite, don't fight). The world needs it and so does India, Chopra said in a group interview here.

A resident of yesteryear Jammu and Kashmir According to the state, the filmmaker dedicated the film to his mother Shanti Devi Chopra, who died in 2007.

The director said his mother came to Mumbai for the premiere of his 1989 movie 'Parinda' and that he could never return home in the Valley due to the riots.

This is completely personal to me. It's my life. Just think about the magnitude of this tragedy. It is amazing to me that we have let it happen. My mother thought she would come back after two or three weeks or after a few months. or next year but could not return and that smile slowly disappeared.

After his mother passed away, Chopra said he started working on the script of 'Shikara' and it took him 11 years to make the film.

What is in the movie happened to my family and many others. My older brother was attacked and had to run overnight. It is here now. It's sad. We thought it would end soon. I can't believe it. The respective governments, the people of India, the media of India and the filmmakers of India did nothing about it, he added.

Starring newcomers Aadil Khan and Sadia, the film is scheduled to premiere on February 7.