“Allah bahut khoobsoorat hain. Allah bahut taakatvar hain, aur Allah accha gaatein bhi hain. (Allah may be very lovely. He’s very sturdy, and he sings very well),” claims Aijaz Khan’s central character Hamid in his new movie of the identical identify. It’s the story of a serendipitous friendship between a bit Kashmiri boy in search of Allah, and a CRPF jawan referred to as Abhay, attempting to shed the burden of violence that’s his responsibility to the State. The movie, produced by Yoodlee Movies and Saregama, is Khan’s fourth, and was nominated for Oxfam’s Finest Movie on Gender Equality Award 2018 on the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Movie Pageant.
Hamid was impressed by a play Khan’s good friend watched in Kashmir referred to as 786 — a quantity that options prominently within the movie as properly. As Hamid’s instructor explains within the movie, 786 is ‘Allah’s quantity’. Hamid (performed by Talha Arshad Reshi) dials the quantity 786 within the hope of receiving the love and a focus he’s missing at house. It isn’t Allah who solutions although, as on the opposite aspect of the decision is CRPF jawan Abhay (performed by Vikas Kumar). Over the course of their telephone calls, each Abhay and Hamid assist one another heal in a good looking story that Khan describes as one about “fractured souls”.
Hamid additionally stars Rasika Dugal as Ishrat, the distraught and distant mom, and Sumit Kaul as Hamid’s lacking poet father. The connection between Ishrat and Hamid is marred by grief, as Dugal explains, “The connection between a mom and baby, which is often unconditional, is modified due to the grief that they maintain after the daddy goes lacking.” What carries Ishrat by way of is combating for the hope that her husband will return, however that very hope makes her fully incapable of coping with her grief and shifting on. Ishrat is just human, as a substitute of a trope, and in being human, she fails to reside as much as the burdens of motherhood in a approach that’s trustworthy and feminist.
Khan made a acutely aware effort to make the characters in his story as trustworthy as he may. Each Kaul and Reshi are from Kashmir, as a result of Khan wished the Kashmiri characters to retain the nuances of the dialect from Srinagar as intently as attainable. Dugal stayed in Srinagar for 2 weeks earlier than the shoot may start to grasp the dialect, and Kumar, who performs the position of Abhay, a jawan from Bihar, is initially Bihari.
It was additionally essential for Khan to discover a boy who would have the ability to form Hamid, “so as a substitute of constructing the boy act as Hamid, I made a decision to discover a boy who would make Hamid the character.” After going to seven completely different faculties in Srinagar, he lastly settled on Reshi due to his massive, expressive eyes. Reshi claims that Hamid is totally completely different from him, however the childlike honesty and incapacity to cover one’s ache that anchors all of the characters within the movie is one thing maybe an expert actor would discover tough to do.
The movie itself was shot at breakneck pace, with actors getting lower than two weeks to arrange for the position. Sumit Kaul, who performs the position of Rahmat, Hamid’s father, additionally felt like his background as a Kashmiri helped him in enjoying his position. “I really feel the ache of the wrestle. I didn’t need to go to a different place to grasp that character. On some degree, I’m that character.” Kaul went on to elucidate that the film was shot in a short time, and some interactions seen on the display screen between him as Rahmat and Reshi as Hamid have been spontaneous moments captured on movie. Maybe the spontaneity was intentional on Khan’s half, as he “didn’t wish to create dramatised characters, however discover characters in folks from the place, and make it an actual story.” Or maybe in his seek for realness, Khan managed to create relationships on display screen, which invokes that deep longing to really feel and see love between one another.
Regardless of being set in perpetually politicised Kashmir, Hamid doesn’t try to color any of the its characters as ‘good’ or ‘unhealthy’. That is partially as a result of, as Kumar explains, “folks from the CRPF and locals labored within the movie, so there was no choosing sides.” Partially, additionally it is as a result of Khan traces deeply private tales of grief and ache in a battle that’s constantly politicised, overlooking the humanity that’s damage in its vehemence.
Hamid poses as a promising endeavour at displaying a Kashmir sure, above all, with the ache of hope that tides us all from at some point to a different. We are able to all see ourselves within the characters, hurting and attempting to deal with the absence that festers when elements of your life and being are snatched from you. The friendship between Hamid and Abhay is unlikely and magical, as a result of it makes plausible that uncommon second once we enable ourselves to honour one another’s ache, and heal.
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