Lamhaa Movie Review

Lamhaa (Hindi)

Release Date:
July 16, 2010

Kashmir... Once known as a paradise on earth, it is now a playground for blood thirsty militants. A company is generating millions of unaccountable dollars that benefit all powers from politicians and leaders to bureaucrats in the Indian and Pakistani intelligence. From high ranking army and police officers to the militants and their supporters, everyone gets a piece of the pie. The Military Intelligence gets a whiff of a plot that is likely to disrupt and possibly paralyze Kashmir. Vikram is sent to investigate this highly confidential mission assuming the identity of Gul Jehangir. The same day that he lands in the valley, Haji, a top separatist leader, survives a blast.

Is there a connection between the blast and the operation? To solve this conundrum, Vikram teams up with Aziza, Haji's young, aggressive and outspoken protégé. The intensity of their beliefs and their will to survive against all odds creates a special bond between them. They embark together on a journey full of intrigue, suspicion, betrayal and danger, to uncover the truth.

What seems like a routine investigation ends up being an operation that will change the perspectives and ideologies of both Vikram and Aziza as it exposes the dirty secrets of a state's fight for freedom, the corrupt nexus of politicians, intelligence, militancy and the crucification of idealistic and passionate people. In such a scenario, are the bullet and the bomb the only solution? Will wisdom prevail in the valley of flowers so that the common Kashmiri's are not sacrificed in the crossfire of politics? Will Vikram manage to restore peace and normalcy in the heaven turned hell?

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The screenplay is jumpy, too many subplots fracture the narrative, too many characters are introduced in every second scene, and to be entirely honest, it's hard to figure out where the film is heading.

It's not easy to make sense of Kashmir. It's harder still then to make sense of this film

Hindustan Times

Ultimately, Lamhaa's relevance lies in its ability to give you an overview, even if it's a crammed one, about the ugliness of greed and intolerance through the example of Kashmir

Some dialogue is, some nicely done scenes are. But overall, the density of its content overwhelms the film

Indian Express

Lamhaa doesn’t enthrall beyond a few interesting moments


More than that though, the film is gripping, and while it may be trying too hard to be true to every complex reality of Kashmir, its heart is big. And more importantly in the right place

India Today

It’s a film with its heart in the right place but sometimes to tell your story that simply isn’t good enough.

Lamhaa is a no-holds-barred look at the multi-layered turmoil in Kashmir, with so many real-life references that you end up with just one conclusion: now here's a real film about a real problem

Times of India

The beauty of Lamhaa lies in its all encompassing character. It captures human emotions, strife, conflict, manipulations and vested interests in great vividness