Director, screenwriter and human rights activist Ashvin Kumar is visiting the capital to cast for his new film Noor.
A feature length narrative film, Noor is about the human impact of the crisis in Kashmir. It’s the story of three generations of women who are trapped in one of the world’s forgotten conflicts, which has left over 100,000 people dead.
Ashvin who is pro women’s rights, is particularly concerned about the ‘Half-widows of Kashmir’ – which is one of the main themes of NOOR. Half-widows are the wives of the disappeared men in Kashmir, who are uncertain about the status and whereabouts of their husbands and therefore have no status themselves. Noor came about through the making of one of his award winning documentaries – Inshallah, Kashmir.
The character of Noor herself is 14 or 15 years old. Ashvin is looking to cast her from the British Kashmiri community. The screenplay of Noor was one of eight projects selected by the Sundance Institute / Mumbai Mantra Lab 2014. The script was also awarded a development grant by Asia Pacific Screen Academy.
Source: London Live