In 1990, 4 lakh Kashmiri Pandits (Hindus) were forced to leave their home under the threat of life. Till today, they continue to live as refugees in their own country, in small refugee camps in the city of Jammu. Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Shikara’ follows the story of Shiv and Shanti, two Kashmiri Pandits, chronicling their survival through 30 years of exile. In the current season of hate, love is all that keeps hope alive.
The film is based on the love story of Hindu Kashmiri and also slightly on Exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir. The book Our Moon Has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita has inspired many parts of the movie.