‘Haider’, remember this film? The magnum opus of Vishal Bhardwaj had Shahid Kapoor, Tabu in lead roles and dealt with a very sensitive topic of militancy in Kashmir. Now, according to reports, one of the actors by the name of Saqib Bilal, who had a cameo in the film has been neutralised in an encounter.
The news was shared by a Twitter user by the name of Soumyadipta and he tweeted the news on the micro blogging site.
I have a tragic news to share today.
Saqib Bilal 👇🏿acted in a very small role in Vishal Bharadwaj’s film #Haider, which had Tabu and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.
Saqib’s body has been identified as one of the militants killed at the Mujgund encounter in the outskirts of Srinagar pic.twitter.com/8ijyIwtEfK
— Soumyadipta (@Soumyadipta) December 12, 2018
India always claims that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and rightly so. The youth has been facing alienation and discrimination with the system. The political situation in the state is also in a flux with Governor’s rule being imposed in the state.
‘Haider’ showed us the harsh reality of Kashmir and the film touched a nerve with the audience. Kashmir’s youth has taken to militancy and Saqib Bilal is yet another loss due to apathy and mismanagement by the system.
According to a report in website The Wire, Saqib was a football enthusiast and his death serves as a lesson that terror has no religion and youngsters should join mainstream rather than become pawns of terror elements and groups.