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Kashmiri film after four decades

By Luv Puri

JAMMU DEC. 8. A film which describes the pain of a Kashmiri boy who lost his parents in the 1999 Wandhama carnage, which claimed the lives of several Kashmiri Pandits, was formally released here on Friday.

Having the distinction of being a Kashmiri language film produced after a four-decade gap, "Bub" gives an insight into the various aspects of Kashmiri society, culture and language.

It is based on the story of a young boy who is the sole survivor of the Wandhama carnage.

It was the first incident of mass killing of the Pandit community by the extremists in the decade-old violence in the State.

The first screening of the film, produced by the National Film Development Corporation and directed by Jyoti Saroop, was held at the Indira Cinema Hall.

Ironically, the hall is located near the colonies where a large number of displaced Kashmiri Pandits live. The film will also be released in Udhampur, Kathua and later in Srinagar. Shot for 29 days at 11 locations, including Srinagar and also parts of Jammu region, the film has made its presence at the Cannes film festival in France.

It has already won the Nargis Dutt award for National Integration.

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