After an eight-month battle with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Ashvin Kumar's directorial "No Fathers in Kashmir" will hit the screens on April 5. "It is a film made for young people all over India to connect with young people all over Kashmir, about the euphoria and hopefulness of being young - an A certificate would keep both these audiences away from each other. Now I am confident that kids will come out with their hearts beating for Kashmir," Kumar said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) had suggested that "No Fathers In Kashmir" is fit for a U/A certificate after a few cuts and disclaimers are incorporated in the movie. Besides being its writer and director, Kumar also stars in the film along with Soni Razdan, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Anshuman Jha and Maya Sarao. "Extremely pleased to announce the release of our film," Soni tweeted on Thursday.
Extremely pleased to announce the release of our film : pic.twitter.com/cnBsPxxBf0— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) March 14, 2019
Earlier, Bollywood diva Alia Bhatt took to social media and urged the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to lift the 'ban' on the film. She wrote, "Was so looking forward to mom's 'No Fathers In Kashmir'... The team worked super hard for this honest teens love story in Kashmir. Really hope the CBFC would lift the ban. It's a film about empathy and compassion. Let's give love a chance."
Was soo looking forward to mom's @nofathers_movie #nofathersinkashmir!! @Soni_Razdan @ashvinkumar & team worked super hard for this honest teens love story in Kashmir. Really hope the CBFC would #lifttheban. It’s a film about empathy & compassion..let’s give love a chance!🌺🙏❤️— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) January 17, 2019
The makers have also released the film's first look poster which features the shattered screen of a phone behind which two blue-eyed, grinning 16 year olds peer out. The story is about a teenage British-Kashmiri, Noor, who re-traces her roots in search of her father.
Kumar was earlier nominated for an Oscar for his short film, "Little Terrorist". He was also honoured with two National Awards for his films on Kashmir - "Inshallah Football" and "Inshallah Kashmir".
(With IANS inputs)