The film "Half widow" of Kashmir which has fetched most prestigious Film Awards, including Dada Sahib Palikey Film Festival Award, New York Audience Award, France & Chicago's Cinema award was screened in PVR, City walk Mall Sakit central Delhi.
The Most prestigious newspaper of India Hindu in its full page review has stated ‘Half Widow’ film based on true Kashmir idea.
It said ‘Half Widow' does not fall into the Bollywood trap of the formula Kashmir film.
Internationally reputed movie Media Review House Voxspace While appreciating ‘Half Widow’ pointed that time has come to promote this kind of cinema.
There are films like ‘Half Widow’ that force us to look inwards and at the injustices happening around us.
Coming from the mind of LA-based Kashmiri filmmaker Danish Renzu, Half Widow tells the story of innumerable people that have become all too common.
Half Widow tells the story of Neela (Neelofar Hamid), who lives in Srinagar with her brother Zakir (Shahnawaz Bhat) and her aunt.
She has lost both her parents by the time we meet her but is still full of hope and optimism towards her future.
The time comes for her to get married and she gets married to a paper shop owner named Khalid (Mir Sarwar).
The film is shot entirely on location and hence feels absolutely authentic throughout.
Renzu makes sure to capture the landscape with a lot of beauty to contrast the misery that the characters are feeling.
The editing by Nitin Baid is seamless, which is amplified by the soulful music provided by Alokananda Dasgupta. .
Kashmiri song like, "khan e Mouj koor" and Sufi songs of legendary Noor Mohammad were introduced first in Half Widow including many new Film characters which have potential to make distinguished contribution in Bollywood.
At the conclusion Lala Daed Verse, "Andr e Wanum "Nabaer Gachun " along re-appearance of disappeared has given philosophical turn to conflict.
The popular song of Half widow, sung by famous Bollywood Sufi singer, Sonu Nigam, "Abi Baqee hay, Abi Baqee hay, Kuch Baqi hay " has given new dimension to spiritual end of the film which has again been recommended for top Cinema Award at international level..
Kiyun Seta of Cinesetar rating while giving full marks to Half widow scripted that familiar songs like ‘Dilbaro’ and ‘Ae Watan’ sound starkly different without the sheen of being in a Bollywood film.
They can be heard in Half Widow through the static of radios or the off-key, asynchronous hum of a children’s choir
The contribution of talent by all in this film produced by Danish Renzu and Gaya Bholla, dialogue written by Sunnayna Kachru, Bosten based Kashmiri Sufi poetess of international repute and directed by Danish Renzu, has constrained all to be unanimous in their opinion that now originality of Kashmir in prevailing over Bollywood.
This is just what the film is – grounded, honest and real, without any glossiness of romanticism or manipulation.
After successful screening today at Delhi, the film shall be watched at evening in Bombay PVR by distinguished film personalities as well.
Today in Delhi Sakit most prestigious personalities, lawyers of supreme court, top media personalities, chancellor, University of Media & Art Sandeep Marwah, Dr. Raj Kumar Sinha, Head of scouts organizations, Jenab Anooo Bose, legal luminary, journalists from Germany, Italian, Iran and other world media, Ayaz Hafiz chief of Rising Kashmir, Shahid Siddiqui chief of Nayee Duniya and distinguished journalist, Kashmiri personalities present in Delhi, Maddan Koul, Najeeb Kochak,Ashfaq Shah, Sajad Bhalla,Nisar Khan, Farooq Qureshi, Mehraj Mattu, Nawaz Bhat of clear mount Nigeen, Masood Shah and galaxy of prominent Trade leaders of Kashmir Trading in Delhi, Kashmiri students studying in Delhi, Director of film department of AAFT film university Amir Abdullah, Pushkar, Preety, Hannan Qadri and film researchers of institute were present in jam packed PVR of City walk Sakit who were unanimous in their opinion that this Film is true art Film in atmosphere of conflict and proves paramount importance of education and human love.