Film: Karim Mohammed
Cast: Harshit Rajawat, Yashpal Sharma, Alka Amin, Rajesh Jais, Ravi Janghu, Sunil Jogi Anuj Vashist, Juhi Singh, Paras Vaidya and Veer Gujjar
Director: Pawan Kumar Sharma
Rating: * * ½
Designed to highlight the patriotic bent of the Bakarwals – a nomadic shepherd community from Jammu who was responsible for informing the Indian troops about the Kargil infiltration, this film by Pawan Kumar Sharma is a languid, episodic ‘dekho’ into their daily existence in a border region divided by opposing allegiances and teeming with suspicion and unease.
Karim (Harshit) the ever-curious young son of Hamid (Yashpal Sharma) and Nazneen (Juhi Singh) may be formally uneducated, but his grasp of intrinsic values and beliefs passed on from a loving and caring father is unassailable. So despite hardships and tragedy, he is able to rise to the occasion and muster the power of the entire community to throttle the nefarious plans of the terrorists attempting to disrupt lives in the region.
The attempt here is to present innocence and strong patriotic love for the motherland as an antidote meant to root out terrorism. But the effect is lacklustre at best. The child actor, Harshit, central to this telling, isn’t effective enough in bringing that aspect to fruition. The tempo is sluggish, inundated with songs that drag on endlessly and the segmented narrative doesn’t allow for sustained attachment. The nuanced effects of lush cinematography and effective sound are nullified by an ingratiating background score and limpid performances. There’s little emotional attachment to be had in this dragged-out effort at raising nationalistic fervor!