Kaafir (2019, Season-1, available on Zee5)

Kaafir is a beautiful story of a women who is a daughter, a wife, a mother but the world around her only knows her as a “Pakistani”.

It’s nothing unusual if we think. With the high tension between these two neighboring countries we often find ourselves hating each other. This show will make you stop for a moment and to think…why do we hate each other? It’s very nice to be a patriot but what is patriotism? Is it hating everyone who lives on the other side of the border? If we are patriot to love our country, so are they.

This show brings along a strong message to the world that because of some people who believe in violence and terrorism, we should not assume everyone is bad or a “Kaafir”.

This show is a comeback for one of the most beautiful and talented actresses, Dia Mirza (as Kainaaz Akhtar). She is casted against the talented actor Mohit Raina (as Vednat Rathore). Some of us might remember him as Mahadev of Star Plus or Karan from movie Uri.

Kainaaz is an innocent woman from Pakistan occupied Kashmir who accidentally crosses over to Indian union territory of Jammu & Kashmir and is held prisoner under the suspicion of being a militant. Vedant Rathore, a TV journalist, previously a lawyer in his life, sees her and get to know her story during an interview and decides to help her.

It was later discovered that the Indian army was about to let her go when they found her unconscious on the riverside. Vedant was present there at that very moment and unknowingly, without even seeing her face, angry from his brother’s death in a recent militant activity, Vedant called her a militant and suggested the army men to not let her go.

When Vedant learnt this fact, he was already fighting a legal battle for Kainaaz to get her justice and permission to return to her home in Pakistan. He couldn’t believe that he was the reason that Kainaaz and her beautiful 6 years old daughter had to live in prison for 7 years. Will Vedant be able to get Kainaaz and her daughter back to Pakistan or will he fall in love with her and make them stay in India??

I recommend my readers to binge watch this show. Personally, I feel this is the best performance of Dia Mirza, compared to all her movies.

I give this show 3/5 stars.

Article 15 (2019, Movie)

There are two types of movies we get to see these days, commercial and the ones which try to send a message to our community. I will put Article15 in the later segment.

It has a good plot where the writer has tried to communicate through his film that whatever we hear or read in media is not always true. We maybe sleeping in our comfortable beds, eating fresh food, drinking clean water but situation is not the same everywhere in our country.

There is a sizable population in India which is still burning under the curse of casteism. Murders, rapes, loot, oppression has like become a part of their lives which they have accepted seeing the world as it is. Many of them don’t get justice in their lives. People who try to raise their voice against it are sometimes shut by the authorities or are made popular in media with labels like “Anti-national” or “Dangerous”.

The movie has taken the Article 15 of The Constitution of India which prohibits discrimination on grounds of religionracecastesex or place of birth. The film is inspired by multiple true life events including 2014 Badaun gang rape allegations and 2016 Una flogging incident.

We get to see good acting from Ayushmann as an IPS officer, in a serious role in this movie but I personally felt that the other actors took away this movie from him with their acting. Kumud Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub showcase their brilliant talent in this movie.

It’s a crime-drama film, where three village girls are trapped and raped by a local powerful contractor just for asking increment of just Rs.3 on their daily wages. Two of them were brutally killed and hanged from a tree. The third girl went missing.

Ayushmann, recently transferred to this area faces the heat of discrimination. He tries to solve the case, but his own men try to stop him. Since contractor was linked with a local politician, even the CBI got involved and tried to label and shut the case under honor killing. IPS officer Ayushmann Khurrana gets suspended after CBI arrival. Some people show courage to keep their (caste) indifferences aside and help Ayushmann in his fight. Without worrying about the consequences, he continues his search for the third girl.

The movie will leave you with a smile and many questions along with it. Is this really happening in my country? Which world do we live in?

I recommend this movie to my readers.

I give it 3/5 stars.