Veteran actor Soni Razdan believes her upcoming film "No Fathers in Kashmir" will give the audience a better understanding of the regular lives of the people in the conflict-ridden Valley.
The film, directed by Ashvin Kumar, revolves around the lovestory of two 16 year olds who are searching for their missing fathers.
"Kashmir deserves our attention. This film deserves tobe seen… It will help people understand more about Kashmir. Even I was morecurious and interested to know about Kashmir when I came on board," Razdantold PTI.
"Ours is a unique film but I hope it should attractaudience to the theatres because it is an Razdanentertaining film. It isneither a commercial film nor an art film. It is somewhere in between,"she added.
"No Fathers in Kashmir" had a tumultuous journeyto the theatres, facing problems in getting a Central Board of FilmCertification (CBFC) clearance.
It was initially offered an 'A' certificate but the makersprotested. On March 11, following two hearings in December and January, theFilm Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) announced the film fit for U/Acertification.
Razdan said she always feels excited when any of herprojects makes it to the big screen, but believes the influx of digital mediumhas given filmmakers another platform to showcase their work.
"It is always wonderful to have a theatrical release,lot of filmmakers desire that. We want people to come to theatres. (But) Thedigital space is becoming more relevant and people are watching a lot of stuffon web. I feel nothing is lost to mankind if the film doesn't release in atheatre," she said.
The actor credits Kumar for bringing a beautiful andheartwarming story of Kashmir to the fore.
"Hats off to Ashvin for making this film as that timeKashmir was in a very bad space. The Valley was almost shut. It was difficultto shoot there and to release the film after all the censor board issues."
The film is set to release on Friday.