Article 370 Movie Review: This explanation of the government’s Kashmir policy is led by Yami Gautam.

Aditya Suhas Jambhale’s film, released during an election year, manipulates historical events to fit the political narrative of the governing regime.

Filmmakers have started their fair share of canvassing as voters are warming up to the next election season. Article 370 is the first out of the block. It is a persuasive sarkari explanation of the government’s Kashmir policy, resulting in the controversial constitutional clause revoking on August 5, 2019.

Article 370 movie review
Article 370 movie review
Article 370 (Hindi)
Director: Aditya Suhas Jambhale
Cast: Yami Gautam, Priyamani, Raj Zutshi, Arun Govi, Divya Seth
Run-time: 160 minutes
Storyline: Zooni, a spy, leads an operation laying the groundwork of the abrogation of Article 370 in the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir

Article 370 Movie Review:

Article 370, Although these recent events are still fresh in the public consciousness, the producers appear to be trying to reassure viewers about the reasons behind the termination of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status before the ruling party’s election. The movie is keen to portray it as a brilliant move, even if the decision’s long-term effects are yet unknown.

Article 370 During electronic news channel discussions, filmmaker Aditya Suhas Jambhale skillfully connects the connections that frequently go unnoticed, akin to a sophisticated PowerPoint presentation with a pulsating background score. It doesn’t appear that the release’s timing is coincidental. Uri (2019), directed by Aditya Dhar, effectively dramatized the events leading up to the surgical strike against Pakistan following the 2016 Uri incident. That movie was released during an election year as well. In Article 370, Dhar is a co-writer and co-producer. Yami Gautam, a talented actor, plays the role of Zooni Haksar, the team’s intelligence officer. Zooni, a Kashmiri Pandit with a personal vendetta against the dishonest political establishment of the region, is ideally situated to propagate the narrative of “us versus them.”

Article 370 movie review

The writers use past events to further the political narrative that the governing regime has established. While the video does not address the lessons learned from the Bharatiya Janata Party’s coalition administration with the Jammu & Kashmir People’s Democratic Party, it is clear that Jawaharlal Nehru’s arrangement with Sheikh Abdullah was wrong.

While Uri was free to become jingoistic, Jambhale avoids tonal excess here because the problem deserves a little more subtlety. The movie deftly inserts into the storyline how outmoded it has become to negotiate with separatists and double agents to achieve a brief ceasefire in the Valley, and how backchannel diplomacy has become passe. More significantly, it discusses the terrorist and conflict economy industries to highlight the separatist movements and the local government leadership’s moral ambiguity. Although Delhi’s place in this matrix has yet to be attempted to be seen, the story gains weight from the practical approach to issue solving.

However, in its attempt to demonize the Kashmiri leadership, the movie exposes a great deal about their former Delhi friends. It appears to those who choose to look that the current administration prioritized procedural expediency over constitutional ethics when it comes to the Kashmir dispute. And that its officers can violate human rights. When Zooni’s superior officer asks her in a pivotal sequence what she would have done differently following the Burhan Wani encounter, she responds that she would not have given the family of an alleged terrorist’s body back and eventually demonstrates that she was capable of doing so. We are left wondering if the land is more significant than the people.

Article 370 movie review
Article 370 movie review

Since the movie treats Kashmir as an essential part of India and makes very little effort to portray Kashmiris as real, flesh-and-blooded people, all the discussion about giving reservations to designated castes and tribes seems hollow. They are portrayed as vulpine symbionts for whom 370 was a literal matter of faith.

Skilled actor Raj Zutshi portrays a politician with a demonic flare who resembles a hybrid of Farooq and Omar Abdullah. Similarly, Mehbooba Mufti is transformed into a subdued manipulating monster by the always dependable Divya Seth. On the other hand, Arun Govil, who makes a significant reappearance, gives the PM more grace and gravity. The Home Minister Kiran Karmarkar responds to Zutshi’s claptrap theatrics.

People who support the official story frequently bemoan the fact that the ecology remains unchanged despite the transfer in power. Here, the creators have tried to illustrate their point using the techniques of the alleged “system.” Article 370

It’s intriguing to consider that two emotionally stable women would take the lead. Furthermore, as the tenacious deputy secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Yami and Priyamani never fail to deliver the goods. 

In particular, Yami internalizes a volatile character who is fighting to rescue her purpose from an unsatisfactory process. However, after the movie narrows down to a two-woman performance, the procedures are more straightforward and resemble the one-man armies that formerly populated Bollywood.
It seems the makers want to bypass the democratic ethos even in the dramatized parts.

Article 370 Top Cast Name:

Priyamani, Yami Gautam, Arun Govil, Kiran Karmarkar, Raj Arjun, Divya Seth, Rajendranath Zutshi, Iravati Harshe

The film Article 370 is currently showing in theaters.

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