Article 370 Movie Review: Yami Gautam Starrer Blends Politics with Fiction, Serving a Distinct Perspective

Ananya Shroff
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The recently released film “Article 370” starring Yami Gautam combines political narrative with fiction, providing a unique perspective on the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale, the movie weaves together facts, fiction, and selective truths to present the government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 as a strategic political move.

Diving into the right-wing narrative, the film delves into historical events, portraying Jawaharlal Nehru’s alleged “blunders” in Kashmir and Maharaja Hari Singh’s perceived inclination towards India. The narrative constructs a dichotomy between committed soldiers, intelligence agents, and bureaucrats on one side, and greedy, buffoonish Kashmiri politicians on the other.

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Yami Gautam, playing an intelligence operative and a Kashmiri Pandit, efficiently shoulders the emotional and professional burdens portrayed in the film. The production stands out for its professionalism, impressive action scenes, and dialogue delivery devoid of melodrama.

However, the movie’s perspective narrows down complex issues, offering only one angle on topics such as Burhan Wani’s encounter, the Pulwama attack, Balakot strike, and the aftermath of Article 370 abrogation. The ordinary Kashmiri is represented by a singular character, leaving out crucial perspectives from Jammu and Ladakh.

Politicians from Jammu and Kashmir, including portrayals of Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah, come off poorly in the film. The narrative does not venture into Jammu or Ladakh, leaving certain pieces of the complex puzzle unexplored.

While “Article 370” presents a gripping build-up to the abrogation day, its unidimensional approach may leave viewers craving a more comprehensive understanding of the intricate issues surrounding the region. The film concludes with a flourish, depicting the race-against-time leading to the abrogation day.

In the current political climate, where similar narratives seem to be gaining momentum, “Article 370” stands as another addition, contributing to the ongoing political discourse. The movie’s success may serve as a litmus test for the reception of films adhering to a particular ideological script in the upcoming elections.

Director: Aditya Suhas Jambhale
Cast: Yami Gautam, Priyamani, Skand Sanjeev Thakur, Arun Govil, Raj Arjun, Sumit Kaul, Kiran Karmarkar, Raj Zutshi, Divya Seth

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Rating 3.5 out of 5
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