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Piyush Jha on SIKANDAR: Most of Kashmiri orphans don't know the meaning of peace
March 12, 2009 12:39:57 PM IST Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
Here is one film maker who, while talking about his own film, feels a sense of pride that he has been inspired by world cinema. Unlike quite a few of his contemporaries who would rather love to boast about the entire ideation to conceptualization to execution as their own work, Piyush Jha doesn't have qualms in admitting that he had films made in Iran and Iraq at the back of his mind when he was putting together SIKANDAR.
''World wide the move to tell stories about children affected by poverty/conflict has taken many turns on cinema'', reflects Piyush, ''So whether they are haunting films from Iran like CHILDREN OF HEAVEN or films about children affected by the newer conflicts, like the Iraqi film TURTLES CAN FLY, or films about children growing up under inhuman conditions, like CITY OF GOD, they have all inspired me over a period of time.''
Talking about the subject of SIKANDAR which stars teenagers Parzan and Ayesha in lead roles, Piyush says, ''The film is unapologetically culturally specific, reflecting the sense of social anxiety and alienation of the people of Kashmir. But, it is only as successful as it is rooted in showing complex characters, and telling a complete story that transcends geography.''
He has been troubled by the plight of children in Kashmir, the fact that prompted him to bring SIKANDAR to the audience.
''My desire to make SIKANDAR is based on a single statistic; that there are over 100,000 orphans in Kashmir since the conflicts began. Most of these children do not know the meaning of the word 'peace''', states Piyush who hopes that the film would eventually manage to wake those who matter and could possibly make a difference to this world.
Also starring Madhavan and Sanjay Suri in important roles, SIKANDAR releases all over on 27th March.