Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu bring up the Kashmir issue in Rahul Dholakia’s venture leaving the audience disgruntled and perplexed as the film drones on and on and seems to target only those who have immersed themselves into the issues of Kashmir.
Vikram Sabharwal aka Gul Jehangir (Sanjay Dutt) belongs to the military intelligence and is on a mission to uncover the conspiracy of terrorist groups during the elections in Kashmir. He is resisted by Haji, the separatist leader (Anupam Kher), whose terror ploys have paralysed life in the Valley. Others play their part in the drama – Aziza (Bipasha Basu), a Kashmiri citizen, anticipates and endeavors to have a healthier prospect for the state with her own approach to accomplish it and Aatif (Kunal Kapoor) as a mutineer/revolutionary fights for freedom by contesting an election- portraying the different approaches to freedom and their sheer ignorance of the concept of peace. It also displays a blend of dirty games to sabotage Kashmir with politicians, ‘Intelligence’ and militancy.
The film is not at all successful in creating an impact nor does it arouse any interest in the situation, whether fictional or real. The makers of the movie have left much to the spectators’ imagination, assuming all to be from Kashmir. The projection of the film could have been better in terms of direction and concept, the actors could also try to be less preachy.
Lamhaa can be watched only if the viewer knows what he’s getting himself into.
Contributed by Dhrithi Gulvadi