Amidst many controversies, Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s comeback directorial, Shikara, starring newcomers Sadia and Aadil Khan in the lead, opened to respectable numbers at the ticket windows. The film recreates Kashmiri Pandits’ exodus of 1990 and minted Rs 1.20 crore on the opening day.

Sharing the fresh figures on his social media handle, Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh revealed, “#Shikara surprises on Day 1… Released at multiplexes mainly, the biz gathered momentum post noon shows [a norm nowadays]… Needs to double its Day 1 number on Day 2 and maintain the trend on Day 3 for a respectable weekend total… Fri ₹ 1.20 cr. #India biz. (sic).”

Releasing half a year after the abrogation of Article 370 that split Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories- J&K and Ladakh, filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s comeback film, Shikara narrates a young couple’s timeless love story. It is a love story that survives 30 years of the Kashmiri Pandits exodus, rid with the agony of the biggest forced migration in independent India in 1990.

Sadia as Shanti Dhar and Aadil Khan as Shiv Kumar Dhar, teach how “when hate is all that is left, love is your only weapon.” Directed, edited and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra in association with Fox Star Studios, Shikara marks the filmmaker’s return to his hometown, Srinagar, after Mission Kashmir. Vidhu, Rahul Pandita and Abhijat Joshi are credited with writing the story while music maestro AR Rahman and Qutub-e-Kripa have composed the film’s original score.