Vidhu Vinod Chopra
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Chopra plans a film on Kashmiri Pandits

Vidhu Vinod Chopra


Mumbai, April 6 -- He was born in a Punjabi family that was settled in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir. But like hundreds of Kashmiri Pandits, Vidhu Vinod Chopra's family, too, had to flee the state as the insurgency began in the early 1990s.

Now, Chopra wants to revisit the area by means of a film on Kashmiri Pandits. The film-maker has been working on the script for a few years now, and also has a tentative title - Pachasvi Saalgirah (50th Anniversary) - in mind.

"I have been working on the story with Rahul Pandita, who has written a fantastic book called Our Moon Has Blood Clots. If the story works out well, I will definitely make the film," says Chopra.

The 62-year-old film-maker says that he would not only like to produce this film, but also direct it.

"It all depends on the script, but the story is close to my heart," he adds.

In 2000, Chopra had explored the unrest in Kashmir in his film, Mission Kashmir. "My home (in Kashmir) was looted; my mother had to leave Kashmir overnight while my brother was attacked with a knife. Even when I made Mission Kashmir, I had portrayed how 'Kashmiriyat' was being demolished," he recalls.