AASMA

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At the pinnacle of the splendor of the Himalayas sits the Kashmir valley, one of the most stunningly picturesque places on earth. But today, its grandeur has also become ubiquitous with the ravages of terrorism and counter terrorism operations. That is also the hell on earth being a fiercely disputed territory between India and Pakistan. The serenity of village life embraced by the calm mountains is punctuated with routine gunshots every now and then.

For AASMA, heaven and hell are about to collide. Four armed cross-border militants sneak over the border, harbored by the leader of the village. The five men kidnap AASMA one night, with rapacious intent, to use her and leave her for death until they can move locations in the morning.

But as her night of torment and agony unfolds, one of the militants undergoes a change of heart. His conscience raises head. In the midst of armed hostility, if not anything else, he must find a way to delay the inevitable. In the ensuing gunfire, the tormenters die one after another. The two living Jihadists - each with a pistol to the other's forehead - debate the true meaning of Islam, of Jihad.

Can he foil their intent? Can a different face of Islamic terrorism emerge from this desperate plight, so that AASMA is not yet another faceless victim of this endless conflict? Will AASMA live to see the morning's heavenly dew? Or she will succumb to a night of hell on the floor of abandoned bunker?

While working on the script of my previous film, AKHNOOR, I happened to reach a remote Himalayan hamlet near Indo-Pakistan border, in the picturesque northern Indian state, Kashmir. The story of the apparently serene and tranquil village made a cold wave pass through my spine. The facts of those villages still shiver me. The chilling fact of the villages are, females above 12-years of age, are raped... repeatedly - mostly by the cross-boarder terrorists or by few miscreants of Indian army. The muted anger and dried tears in the eyes of the women folks - will not let you be the same person. I realized, wherever there is a war in any form... the worst sufferers in the world are the women of the war zone. Nobody knows the name behind the veils - nobody sees the beaten and bruised heart - none bother about their human rights. Be it Kashmir or Syria, Iraq or Turkey, El Salvador or Nigeria, Sudan or Bosnia...the story of the women remain same.

Islam never allows insult - physical or psychological whacking to women, under any circumstances. The most misunderstood philosophy of the world - Islam, solemnly preaches peace, harmony and respect. But - in the hand of pimps of the religion - a monster has been created in the name of Islam - Islamic terrorism. The threat now is direct. World has been distinctly divided in to two - Muslims and non-Muslims! The very existence of our years old civilization is under serious threat. The muted AASMA - my protagonist - and her night of quail raises the question pretty straight - eyes to eyes! What is the true meaning of Jihad...???

Inspired by a true story - AASMA is a special film to me, where - at the end of the war, without beating around the bush - I am able raise the most important question of our time...

...One of the tormentors survived to ask the raped, beaten, broken, molested girl - "what is your name"?

CAST

AASMA : ELENA KAZAN

RAMZAN ALI : VISWAJIT PRADHAN

NAZIR : VISHAL SHARMA

BILAL : AMIT GAUR

USMAAN : SUNNY HINDUJA

INTEKHAAB : SUBRAT DUTTA


PRODUCTION

LAST MONK FILMS presentation

In Association with

NAVNIDHI PRODUCTIONS


Co Produced by

UBEROI LINE PRODUCTIONS

PLEXUS FILMS

ARVIND FILMS


Producers

RP SHARMA

HEMANT KESHAV SHARMA

VIJAY RAJAN SINGH


Co Producers

NAKUL DEV

DHARAM UBEROI

ARVIND KAUR

RAVINDER KAUR


Associate Producer

RAAJ RAHHI


Executive Producer

PETER ZIEBERT

RAJESH BHATT

JEETENDRA MISRA


CREW

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

People of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Department of Tourism, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie Municipal Administration

Toab Talent Management

Sapna Shukla

Western India Film Producers' Association

Dev Basu (Story Boarding)

Swati Gupta (Script Translation)

Piyush Chaturvedi

Bhupendra Pratap Singh

Dr. Raghunath Singh

Prasantanu Mahapatra

Veer Viderdra Kapoor

Akhilesh Acharya

Yves Cohen


Director of Photography

Shanti Bhusan Roy


Edit

Abhijit Deshpande


Music

Anurag Saikia


Location Sound

Anees John


Production Design

Sukant Panigrahy


Screenplay & Dialogue

Aparajit Sukhla


Additional Dialogue

Rumi Jafry


Art Director

Murli Sabat


Make Up Artist

Srikant Desai


Associate Director

Siddharth Saigal


Assistant Directors

Meesam Jaidi, Satya Prakash, Jagruti Jethe


Chief Assistant Cameraman

Reshmi Sarkar


Focus Puller

Rahul Gaikward

Still Photography

Sree Sailam


Costume

Abhilasha


Action Master

Md. Aslam Khan


Line Production

Flying Monkey Pictures


Location Line Producer

Aroon Singh Dikky


Location Production Manager

Vijay Singh Negi


Chartered Accountant

Anil Sekhri & Co


Legal Consultant

Avinash Dubey


Location Sound Team

Khan (Boom Man), Sudesh Sidhu - (Sound Assistant)


Sound Designer, Mixing Engineer, Supervising Sound Editor

Amrit Pritam


Sound Mixing Engineer

Debjit Changmai


Dialogue & Music Mixing

Subir Das


Sound Editors

Jagdish Nachnekar


Foley Mixing Engineer

Vijay Kumar


Foley Recoding Engineer

Varun Bisoi


Foley Artiest

Karnail Sing & Sajjan Choudhary


Visual effect & DI

Image Devices (I) Pvt. Ltd (Amit Jalan)


DI Colorist

Manoj Singh


Musicians

Strings Conducted by

Kailash Patra


Woodwinds by

Kiran


Recordist

Partho P Das @ Studio Rudra


Music Designed, Mixed & Mastered by

Bhaskar Sarma


Studios

Image Devices, Canaries Post Sound, Sound City, Chubu Music Studios, Mumbai
Aradhana Sound Service, Mumbai


Lights

Ashok Giri (Gaffer), Anesh, Rajesh Jha, Mukul, Ali, Luvkush


Spot Boys

Neeraj Misra (Head Spot), Ajay, Kasim, Vikas Jha
Walky-Talky Man, Rame Sankar Yadav


Unit Drivers

Ravi, Raj, Vijender, Anil, Kishore, Fardeen, Shahid, Arjun Yadav


Travel Management

Gangawal Tours & Travel Services, Karan Travel, Arjun Tempo
Naresh Panwar Tempo, Navin Kumar Jha (Railway Tickets),
Dheeraj Yadav (Railway Tickets)


Publicity & Graphics

Kafil Malik, Sreejith Karanavar, Hiren Joshi, Shobhik Mullick


Written & Directed by

Sudipto Sen