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Based on Sheikhspeare's Omelette, Kushal Bharadwaj releases a new movie centered on Kashmiri Pandits

04, Oct 2014 By manithan

Mumbai: Noted Bollywood director Kushal Bharadwaj has released a new movie called “Bitta” that centers on the struggles of Kashmir in the 1990s. Praised by critics as the best movie ever made, Kushal is already on cloud nine.

Kushal Bharadwaj, the doppelganger of Vishal Bharadwaj, has released a ground-breaking, sky-shattering movie yesterday. Titled “Bitta”, the movie is an adaptation of the famous playwriter Sheikhspeare’s Omelette. Speaking to media, Kushal said, “Kashmiri Pandits had never been portrayed in Bollywood movies. We have portrayed them,as they were really in the 1990s. We hope that India continues to forget the Kashmiri Pandits and pledge their cause for the struggling Azad Kashmiris.” Both National and International movie reviewers have rated 5/5 for this movie and certain NGOs were seen issuing free tickets to school children, to watch the movie.

In this scene from the movie, Bitta teaches rock music to a Pandit boy, by sending rock to his brain. An epic scene!
In this scene from the movie, Bitta teaches rock music to a Pandit boy, by sending rock to his brain. An epic scene!

Sheikhspeare’s Omelette is the tale of a young cook named Omelette, who was an expert in preparing omelettes (thereby acquiring his name). He, along with his peaceful friends goes and occupies the homes of the monstrous and evil,  King’s Painters. As the KPs flee their homes, Omelette’s friends finds it hard to accustom themselves in their new homes. Meanwhile, Omelette’s dad falls in love with his girlfriend and they both flee. All these makes Omelette go mad and to feel sane, he starts throwing his egg stocks on the army posts of the king. Soon, his friends follow the suit and they start throwing eggs at each other and die. When the army tries to clear the egg yolks, they see the whole group dead. Army goes to nearby Military hotel and eats boiled egg happily.

Kushal’s Bitta is sculpted on the heydays of Kashmir, when the Kashmiri Pandits (who see Kashmir only in their caste name) were running away from their homes, similar to the King’s Painters of the Omelette. Bitta is modeled on Omelette, with the skills of Bitta being smelling out and finding Kashmiri Pandits in the vicinity. In the movie, the hero Bitta Judo goes around Kashmir sending few Pandits to peace and others away from their home. After Bitta and his friends occupy the homes of Pandits, they feel an avalanche of awkwardness descending on them. They find themselves hard to accustom in their new homes.

The way in which Kashmiris struggled to accustom in the homes left by Kashmiri Pandits was beautifully woven into the movie by Kushal. Add it to the cinematography of Anand Ghosh, who has captured how the Kashmiris were made to struggle in maintaining their old home and was forced to occupy the new homes and had to jump over the dead Pandit bodies on the roads. The editing of Rakesh Chander is too sleek, especially in scenes, where Bitta shoots at Pandits and the evil Pandits send their blood to splatter on his innocent face. Though the songs gets cut short abruptly at intervals, it yet syncs in the scenes when Bitta romances the girls of Pandits without their consent. The peppy song “Zalzala aaya hai kufr ke maidaan mein,. Lo mujahid aa gaye maidaan mein” is sure to be on the lips of seculars for years to come.

The long and hot climax, where Bitta breaks into monologue and starts hitting stones at the Indian army is sure to bring tears into everyone’s eyes. One could feel their sympathies with the stone throwers and the cruelty of the Indian army that injured the holy stones by hitting it with shield are egregiously highlighted.

While leaving the cinema halls, one could wonder the atrocities committed by Kashmiri Pandits by leaving their homes to the struggling Kashmiri fighters and making them more poor by forcing them to spend on renovating those houses.