Jammu — “Identity Card - Ek Lifeline,” which showcases the significance of “identity” and “dignity” for the people of Kashmir during a 25-year-long militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, is set to release Aug. 29.
The Rahat Kazmi-directed film has garnered acclaim at several film festivals around the world and was recently hailed as the “bravest film of Indian cinema” by a top newspaper in the UK.
“The film is based on the importance of the identity card during turmoil in Kashmir and the identity and dignity of people of the valley,” said Kazmi, who hails from foothills of the remote and far-flung Pir Panjal range in the Surankote belt of the border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Our idea was to show an authentic film on Kashmir. My film is based on the common man who is always seen with an eye of suspicion and harassed to prove his identity by the men in uniform. But we are also showing the other side of the story — that those who stop them to check their identity also have their own pressures,” said Kazmi.
The filmmaker said he wants to do more films based in Kashmir.
“I am looking forward to doing some films in Kashmir, and I hope that people appreciate this film and relate to it.”
Kazmi made his directorial debut with “Dekh Bhai Dekh,” which starred Gracy Singh.
Kazmi also revealed that a UK-based international corporate house — Blue Sapphire Films Limited — has joined hands for the India release of the film.
This is the first Indian film that will be presented by Blue Sapphire. The international distribution of “Identity Card” is being handled by a South African distribution network called Red Crush.
The movie is being dubbed in many international languages, Kazmi said.
“Identity Card” stars Saurabh Shukla, Raghubir Yadav, Vipin Sharma, Brijendra Kala, Tia Bajpai, Furqan Merchant, Shoib Kazmi, Prashantt Guptha and Manini Mishra.
The film is being produced by Rahat Kazmi Films, Amarchand Motion Pictures Films and Reels Production Pvt. Ltd., and co-produced by filmmaker Tariq Khan.
“Identity Card” tells the story of a Delhi-based journalist who comes to the valley to shoot a film on the beauty of Kashmir and gets trapped in the reality of the Kashmiri turmoil.