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‘Can’t reach my baby Zaira Wasim,’ says filmmaker Shonali Bose after Article 370 abrogation

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‘Can’t reach my baby Zaira Wasim,’ says filmmaker Shonali Bose after Article 370 abrogation

The abrogation of Article 370 in the Jammu & Kashmir had nation divided with their views on the decision taken by Indian Government. While many B-Town celebrities took to social media to praise the decision others expressed their concern over the current situation in the valley. Shonali Bose, the director of The Sky Is Pink, is among the ones who is unhappy with what is happening in Jammu and Kashmir. The filmmaker has penned a detailed heartbreaking post regarding the scrapping of Article 370 and also mentioned that she is worried about her film’s lead actress Wasim, stating that she hasn’t been able to contact her.

Sharing a photo with Zaira, the filmmaker wrote, “#NotmyIndia. It has been two weeks since the unprecedented communication blockade of Jammu and Kashmir. My heart is heavy as the sky is dark over India’s democracy right now. My heart has always ached for the terrible human rights violations in the Valley – right from the times of the Congress government in the 90’s. The disappearances and killing of innocent youth is not new. Nor is the opening of fire on demonstrations. But this government has crossed every line with it’s draconian measures.”

Asking residents of the country how they would feel if their state is divided like Jammu and Kashmir overnight, she wrote, “I want to ask every Indian – every Bengali, Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Tamilian et al – how would you feel if your State was split overnight and converted into a Union Territory? Leave Article 370 aside for a moment and answer that honestly. For me the shock and anger at this unconstitutional act is laced with sorrow at how our own people must be feeling in this part of our country. Feelings we can only imagine – as there is still a blackout!”

Expressing her worries for Zaira, Shonali further says, “On a personal level I have never known anyone before in the State. But now I have a child there. Zaira Wasim – the heart and soul of The Sky is Pink. I have known her and her family over one year – spent marvelous times with them in both Srinagar and Jammu.

The filmmaker said that she was with Zaira Wasim, a day before the unprecedented move by the government. Shonali wrote, “I was with them in Jammu just a day before this happened. Zaira was very worried that something terrible was afoot because of the sudden influx of massive troops. I reassured her not dreaming something so draconian and unprecedented could be carried out. And since then I’m besides myself with worry at not being able to reach her. To give her strength at this difficult time. To wish them Eid Mubarak. I’m sure they couldn’t celebrate it. We parted with the promise to stay in touch every day. Echoing a promise she and her brother make to each other in the film in a brilliantly acted and moving scene. But I can’t reach my baby right now. #NotmyIndia”

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#NotmyIndia. It has been two weeks since the unprecedented communication blockade of Jammu and Kashmir. My heart is heavy as the sky is dark over India’s democracy right now. My heart has always ached for the terrible human rights violations in the Valley – right from the times of the Congress government in the 90’s. The disappearances and killing of innocent youth is not new. Nor is the opening of fire on demonstrations. But this government has crossed every line with it’s draconian measures. I want to ask every Indian – every Bengali, Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Tamilian et al – how would you feel if your State was split overnight and converted into a Union Territory? Leave Article 370 aside for a moment and answer that honestly. For me the shock and anger at this unconstitutional act is laced with sorrow at how our own people must be feeling in this part of our country. Feelings we can only imagine – as there is still a blackout! On a personal level I have never known anyone before in the State. But now I have a child there. Zaira Wasim – the heart and soul of The Sky is Pink. I have known her and her family over one year – spent marvelous times with them in both Srinagar and Jammu. I was with them in Jammu just a day before this happened. Zaira was very worried that something terrible was afoot because of the sudden influx of massive troops. I reassured her not dreaming something so draconian and unprecedented could be carried out. And since then I’m besides myself with worry at not being able to reach her. To give her strength at this difficult time. To wish them Eid Mubarak. I’m sure they couldn’t celebrate it. We parted with the promise to stay in touch every day. Echoing a promise she and her brother make to each other in the film in a brilliantly acted and moving scene. But I can’t reach my baby right now. #NotmyIndia

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For the unreserved, on August 5 the Indian Government had announced the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir in order to prevent riots. The government had also imposed Section 144in the valley as a result of which complete communication blackout and public gatherings had been banned stopped. They also announced their decision of giving Jammu and Kashmir the status of a Union Territory and shall share the same privileges as other states.