Indian filmmaker Shonali Bose whose upcoming movie The Sky is Pink stars Kashmiri actress Zaira Wasim, took to Instagram to show her disapproval of India’s move to revoke Article 370 which granted special status to the valley.
Sharing a photo with Wasim, the 18-year-old who rose to fame for her role in Secret Superstar, the filmmaker wrote, “It has been two weeks since the unprecedented communication blockade of Jammu and Kashmir. My heart is heavy as the sky is dark over India’s democracy right now. My heart has always ached for the terrible human rights violations in the Valley — right from the times of the Congress government in the 90’s.”
“The disappearances and killing of innocent youth is not new. Nor is the opening of fire on demonstrations. But this government has crossed every line with it’s draconian measures. I want to ask every Indian — every Bengali, Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Tamilian et al — how would you feel if your State was split overnight and converted into a Union Territory?” she added.
Bose further said, “Leave Article 370 aside for a moment and answer that honestly. For me the shock and anger at this unconstitutional act is laced with sorrow at how our own people must be feeling in this part of our country.”