Mission Kashmir

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Mission Kashmir
Mission Kashmir.jpg
Directed byVidhu Vinod Chopra
Written byVikram Chandra
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Suketu Mehta
Produced byVidhu Vinod Chopra
StarringSanjay Dutt
Hrithik Roshan
Preity Zinta
Sonali Kulkarni
Jackie Shroff
CinematographyBinod Pradhan
Edited byRajkumar Hirani
Music byShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Production
company
Distributed bySony Pictures Networks
Release date
  • 27 October 2000 (2000-10-27)
Running time
161 mins
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget120 million[1]
Box office₹433 million[2]

Mission Kashmir is a 2000 Indian Hindi-language action thriller directed and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Starring an ensemble cast of Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Sonali Kulkarni and Jackie Shroff, its screenplay was written by Suketu Mehta.

The film follows the life and tragedy of a young boy named Altaaf Khan (Roshan) after his entire family is accidentally killed by police officers. He is adopted by the police chief (Dutt) who is responsible for this, and when Altaaf finds out, he seeks revenge and becomes a terrorist. The film deals with terrorism and the tragedy of children suffering from war. It was rated R in the United States due to violence. The film was screened at the Stockholm International Film Festival.

Upon release, the film, despite clashing with Aditya Chopra's musical romantic drama Mohabbatein, the film became a critical and commercial success and emerged as the 3rd highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2000, earning 433 million (US$9.64 million).[2]

Mission Kashmir received 6 nominations at the 46th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director (Chopra), Best Actor (Dutt), Best Supporting Actress (Kulkarni), and Best Villain (Shroff), and won Best Action.

Plot[edit]

Inayat Khan is the Senior Superintendent of Police responsible for the security of Srinagar, Kashmir. One day, his young son Irfaan meets an accident and is taken to a hospital, but due to a fatwa instigated by a wanted terrorist named Malik Ul Khan forbidding doctors to treat policemen and their families, the doctors refuse to treat Irfaan out of fear of letting their families suffer Malik's wrath. As such, Irfaan dies succumbing to his injuries, and Inayat swears revenge on Malik for this.

Eventually, Inayat and his men were able to track down Malik and his men at a village called Dalgate, and they manage to kill them all. Unfortunately, a family caught in the crossfire is killed by accident, and a young boy named Altaaf is the only survivor traumatized by the deaths of his parents and sister. Inayat's wife Neelima, feeling sorry for Altaaf, attempts to persuade Inayat to adopt Altaaf. Despite fearing that Altaaf may one day discover the truth and get revenge for it, Inayat reluctantly agrees as he is wracked with remorse for killing Altaaf's family.

Just when Altaaf seems to have settled down in his new home and accepted Inayat and Neelima as his new parents, he learns that Inayat was one of the policemen who killed his family. After an unsuccessful attempt on Inayat's life, the young Altaaf runs away and is found and brought up by a terrorist group led by their Pathan leader Hilal Kohistani, who brainwashes him into thinking that he and his men act according to Islamic principles and trains him to become a terrorist.

Ten years later, Hilal and an adult Altaaf are assigned the task of completing "Mission Kashmir," a plan of an unnamed terrorist sponsor that involves; or so Altaaf is told, killing the Indian Prime Minister. Hilal uses Altaaf's hatred as a means to achieve his own goals while encouraging the latter to target Inayat, who is now an Inspector General, for his family's death. Altaaf visits his childhood friend and television personality Sufiya Parvez and, though he falls in love with her, uses her to try and make Hilal's plan of blowing up the local TV tower of Srinagar on Khan's birthday successful. He makes another unsuccessful attempt on Inayat's life, which results in him being branded as a wanted criminal by the media and a fallout between Inayat and Neelima.

Sufiya also learns of Altaaf's true occupation and breaks off her relationship with him. On the same date that Atlaaf's family was murdered, Altaaf makes another attempt on Inayat by having three of Hilal's men plant a bomb in Khan's briefcase. Unfortunately, Neelima falls victim to it by accident, much to the complete devastation of both Inayat and Altaaf, with the former having lost his chance to apologize for his argument with her and the latter being wracked with extreme remorse for killing her.

Following Neelima's funeral, Inayat manages to invade one of the terrorists' hideouts and discovers evidence and information about Mission Kashmir after capturing the men who planted the bomb. After going through some cassette tapes with the help of Sufiya, Inayat learns that the true goal of Mission Kashmir is to launch missiles on local places of Hindu and Muslim worship to escalate Hindu-Muslim conflict across the subcontinent, thereby dividing Kashmir and turning it into a war zone. It also turns out that the attack on the TV tower was planned by Hilal to spread the rumor of assassinating the Prime Minister to cover up the true plot. Inayat also learns that Hilal deliberately kept the true plot of Mission Kashmir a secret from Altaaf for he fears that Altaaf would not support it. This is made evident when Atlaaf leaves to the swampy hideouts to prepare for the launches, Hilal secretly tells one of his men to keep an eye on Atlaaf and kill him if he doesn't consent over the true targets.

By staging a fire in the jail that allows one of the bomb-briefcase men to escape, Inayat and his men manage to track down and capture Hilal. Inayat offers to make a deal with Hilal: going under the false pretense of allowing Hilal and his men to continue forward with Mission Kashmir in exchange for killing Altaaf to avenge Neelima's death. Seeing that Inayat's 'hatred' of Altaaf is worthy of a Pathan's duty, Hilal accepts the deal, and to ensure no other mistake will be made, Inayat goes alone with Hilal to the hideouts.

As Hilal and Inayat reach the hideouts, Hilal tells Altaaf of Inayat's whereabouts. An enraged Altaaf starts beating up a weary Inayat, but the latter reveals to him the true goals of Mission Kashmir, stating that Kashmir will be turned into hell if he lets Hilal destroy the holy shrines. Hilal orders Altaaf to shoot Inayat, who is willing to accept his fate after expressing his dear love for Altaaf and remorse for killing his family.

As Altaaf struggles to do it, he remembers that Neelima took him to the shrines and the comment Neelima said about choosing sides during her visit earlier. Unwilling to betray his mother, Atlaaf decides to put his plan of revenge aside and aids Inayat in stopping Hilal and his men from targeting the holy shrines. However, Hilal throws a bomb to distract them before getting shot to death by Altaaf, giving Hilal's men a chance to prepare to blow up the shrines.

While Inayat shoots down several terrorists, Altaaf redeems himself by taking possession of a missile launcher and using it to destroy the other launchers and kill the remaining terrorists, thus saving the shrines. However, Altaaf gets shot in the torso and falls into the swamps. Inayat jumps in and rescues the unconscious Altaaf by bringing him to shore, evading the explosion of the hideouts caused by Altaaf's act of redemption.

The plans of Mission Kashmir are revealed to the public by the media, and the terrorist sponsor's hideout is found by Kashmiri police, who shoot the sponsor as he tries to get away after killing two of his associates. Altaaf wakes up from a pleasant dream, where he reconciles with Sufiya and forgives Inayat, accepting the latter as his father again after 10 years.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Security is always tight in Kashmir, due to the very real threat of terrorist violence. Hence the inspiration for films such as Mission Kashmir which address the local militant insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and the broader Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan.

But in late 1999, when the lead actor Hrithik Roshan arrived on location to start shooting Mission Kashmir, his debut film Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000) had not yet released, so no one recognized his face. Arriving for the first day of the shoot in Srinagar dressed as a Kashmiri militant, which he portrays in the film, the security guards on location thought Hrithik really was Kashmiri - because of his fair skin and light coloring, and refused to allow him on set. Shortly thereafter, on 14 January 2000, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai turned him a superstar overnight, and his face was instantly recognized everywhere.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Saisuresh Sivaswamy from Rediff wrote, "This is a story from the director's heart, not his head, and the sincerity comes across in frame after frame."[4] Giving the film 4 out of 5 stars, N. K. Deoshi of apunkachoice.com wrote, "Beneath all the drama that goes on in the movie there lurks the aspiration to get across to people the message of what actually people of Kashmir are going through."[5] Savitha Padmanabhan of The Hindu stated, "Mission Kashmir might have its faults but it is definitely a cut above the rest of the commercial Hindi films that have been made on terrorism." She also praised the cast's performances and the film's production value.[6] Film journal Screen praised the performances, but further wrote, "Chopra makes a sincere effort in his latest film Mission Kashmir to bring to the fore, the turmoil in the valley. But one feels disappointed, all the same, that there is very little of Kashmiriyat in the story, which is more of a personal conflict between the victim of a police shoot-out and a police officer."[7] Suman Tarafdar of Filmfare panned the film for its lack of "serious look at the issue".[8] Vinayak Chakravorty of Hindustan Times, however, rated the film 3.5 stars, calling it "a good show" and praising Dutt's performance as "perfect".[9] Jitendra Kothari of India Today praised the film as "a gripping film on a trenchantly topical issue, avoiding apportioning blame by intermingling strains of loss and guilt."[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ceremony Category Recipient Result
46th Filmfare Awards Best Action Allan Amin Won
Best Film Mission Kashmir Nominated
Best Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Best Actor Sanjay Dutt
Best Supporting Actress Sonali Kulkarni
Best Villain Jackie Shroff
2nd IIFA Awards Best Film Mission Kashmir
Best Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Best Actor Sanjay Dutt
Best Supporting Actress Sonali Kulkarni
Best Villain Jackie Shroff
Best Music Director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Best Cinematography Binod Pradhan Won
Screen Awards Best Film Mission Kashmir Nominated
Best Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Best Actor Sanjay Dutt
Best Supporting Actor Won
Best Supporting Actress Sonali Kulkarni Nominated
Best Villain Jackie Shroff
2001 Zee Cine Awards Best Film Mission Kashmir
Best Director Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Best Actor Sanjay Dutt
Best Supporting Actress Sonali Kulkarni
Best Villain Jackie Shroff

Music[edit]

Mission Kashmir
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Studio album by
Released2000 (India)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelTips
ProducerShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Rockford
(1999)
Mission Kashmir
(2000)
Dil Chahta Hai
(2001)

The soundtrack of the film contains seven songs. The music is conducted by the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, performing separately. Ehsaan Noorani composed three songs, while Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa composed two songs each.

According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 1.5 million units sold, the film's soundtrack album was the year's third highest-selling.[11] The song "Bumbro" was recreated as "Bumbro" for the film Notebook (2019).

Song Singer(s) Composer Lyricist(s)
"Bumbro" Shankar Mahadevan, Jaspinder Narula, Sunidhi Chauhan Ehsaan Noorani Rahat Indori
"Chupke Se Sun" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik Shankar Mahadevan Sameer Anjaan
"Rind Posh Maal" Shankar Mahadevan Loy Mendonsa Sameer Anjaan
"Socho Ke Jheelon Ka" Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik & Shankar Mahadevan Ehsaan Noorani Sameer Anjaan
"Maaf Karo" Vinod Rathod, Anuradha Paudwal Ehsaan Noorani Rahat Indori
"So Ja Chanda" Mahalakshmi Iyer Loy Mendonsa Rahat Indori
"Dhuan Dhuan" Shankar Mahadevan Shankar Mahadevan Rahat Indori

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aiyar, Shankkar; Unnithan, Sandeep (10 July 2000). "Bollywood goes global, powered by diaspora dollar". India Today. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Mission Kashmir - Movie". Box Office India. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  3. ^ "As recalled by journalist Anupama Chopra (wife of Mission Kashmir director Vidhu Vinod Chopra) when introducing industry superstar Hrithik Roshan as her primary guest for that evening's show -- "The Front Row with Anupama Chopra" on Star World India TV". YouTube. 25 October 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2017. (Starts at 08:10 of the broadcast.)
  4. ^ "Review". Rediff.com. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Review". Apunkachoice.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Review". The Hindu. 3 November 2000. Archived from the original on 30 January 2002. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  7. ^ Nair, Padmaraj (3 November 2000). "Sanjay, Hrithik, Jackie excel". Screen. Archived from the original on 9 February 2001. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  8. ^ Tarafdar, Suman (27 October 2000). "Mission Kashmir". Filmfare. Archived from the original on 8 February 2001. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  9. ^ Chakravorty, Vinayak (2000). "Mission Kashmir". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 20 August 2001. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  10. ^ Kothari, Jitendra (2000). "Mission Kashmir — Mission Accomplished". India Today. Archived from the original on 22 February 2001. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2016.

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