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The Flakes Of Pain
Though many Bollywood flicks have been set in Kashmir, one never hears of too many films about the Valley. But things are changing. Director Ashok Pandit’s soon-to-be released Sheen—worldwide premiere on May 7—received a standing ovation when it became the first Indian film to be screened at the Human Rights Violation Centre, Geneva, on April 8. The movie revolves around the female protagonist, Sheen (Kashmiri for snow), and looks at the pain and trauma inflicted by militancy through her eyes. TV producer Jyoti Swarup’s Bub (Kashmiri for father), based on the Wandhama massacre and released in 2002, was critically acclaimed and won the Nargis Dutt award, but failed to click at the box office.