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|Directed by||Rahul Dholakia|
|Produced by||Bunty Walia
Jaspreet Singh Walia
|Written by||Rahul Dholakia|
|Editing by||Ashmith Kunder|
|Distributed by||G S Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.|
Lamhaa is an upcoming 2009 Bollywood social-action thriller film written and directed by Rahul Dholakia. Set in Kashmir, the film is a story about an army man, played by Sanjay Dutt, and his love interest, played by Bipasha Basu, in the midst of the various issues that Kashmir had faced for years. It also features Anupam Kher and Kunal Kapoor in supporting roles.
Kashmir... once known as a paradise on earth, it is now a playground of Devils. 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 the 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 using the identity of Gul Jehangir. The same day that he lands in the valley, Haji a top separatist leader, survives a blast. Could there be a connection between the blast and the operation?
To solve this conundrum, Vikram teams up with Aziza, Haji's young, aggressive and outspoken protégée. 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?
Karisma Kapoor had been finalized to play the female lead in the film, but she opted out at the last minute because she feared shooting in the troubled Kashmir valley where a significant part of the film is going to be shot. Bipasha Basu, Ameesha Patel and Sonam Kapoor were considered for the same role, but Basu was eventually finalized to play the female lead.
Filming began in Kashmir in October 25, 2008. During November 2008, Bipasha Basu left the shooting of the film hours before Sanjay Dutt landed in Srinagar to start shooting with her but she left without informing the unit. They then decided to shoot the action sequences in Manali instead. After Basu's abrupt departure, producer Bunty Walia and director Rahul Dholakia asked Basu to arrive on the set on January 4, 2009 and that they would cast Vidya Balan as a replacement in case she does not comply. Basu then arrived on the specificed date after security arrangements were tightened and explained that she got scared in Kashmir after the crowd gathering became uncontrollable. During May 2009, Rahul Dholakia collapsed on the sets and shooting was delayed to the 25th of May after doctors advised Dholakia to rest in bed for one month.