Hamid

  • Feature
  • 2018
  • 108 Minutes
  • India
  • Language: Hindi and Urdu

Hamid’s (8) father has gone missing. His mother has turned indifferent towards Hamid and the entire world after the incident. Neglected and lonely, with a heart searching for answers, Hamid star gazes in the hope of meeting his father.

Director: Aijaz Khan

Screenwriter: Ravinder Randhawa

Production Company: Yoodlee Films

Premier Status: Regional premiere


Film Critic

Lost dream

Manouchehr Dinparast

Manouchehr Dinparast

Hamid is a dramatic film with anti-war theme set in one of the world’s most troubled and militarized zones, Kashmir. Hamid’s father has gone missing, and his mother tells him his father is with Allah. In fact, his father is killed by the Indian forces. Ever since the incident, the mother and the entire world turn indifferent towards Hamid. Neglected and lonely, with a heart searching for answers, Hamid starts to gazes in the hope of meeting his father. Eight year-old Hamid, who is Pakistani, learns that 786 is God’s number and decides to try and reach out to God, by dialing this number, because he wants to talk to his father. One fine day the phone call is answered by an Indian CRPF Jawan, who pretends to be God and plays along, and an interesting friendship ensues. The film captures Kashmir like no other film has before. It captures the broken beauty of its by lanes and crumbling hills, the sadness and the hopes of Kashmiris, which we haven’t seen before. It humanizes the entire valley and lays bare brutal truths. The movie portrays the Pakistani people in Jammu and Kashmir as victims and depicts the Indian as invaders, an indication of the political orientation of the director.


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Awards

2018: Rajasthan International Film Festival (RIFF), best director and best actor


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Ravinder Randhawa

DOP / Camera: John Wilmor

Editor: Afzal S. Shaikh

Music: Andrew T. Mackay

Sound: Subhash Sahoo

Production Designer: Sikandar Ahmad, Shamim Khan

Producer: Siddharth Anand Kumar, Vikram Mehra

Cast: Talha Arsha Reshi, Vikas Kumar, Rasika Dugal, Sumit Kaul, Bashir Lone


Director

Aijaz Khan

Aijaz khan has been active in the advertising industry, directing and producing Ad films, for over a decade. Aijaz Khan’s debut film, The White Elephant (2009) premiered at the prestigious International Film Festival of India. Travelling to more than 10 film festivals including New York Film Festival and the UK Film Festival.

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