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Article 370 Review: Yami Gautam starrer film is hard-hitting and volatile!

The film directed by Aditya Suhas Jambhale was released in cinemas on February 23.



Article 370


Director- Aditya Suhas Jambhale

Cast- Yami Gautam, Priyamani, Aditya Tatwavadi, Arun Govil, Kiran Karmarkar, Raj Zutshi, Divya Seth Shah

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By Jyothi Venkatesh

This film is a contemporary as well as intriguing drama that sets out to shed light on Kashmir’s complex dynamics. It revolves around Zooni Haksar, an Intelligence Field Officer, who is recruited by the PMO Secretary for a classified assignment aimed at dismantling the conflict economy and combating terrorism in the Kashmir valley, just before the implementation of the abrogation of Article 370.

To sum it up, this drama, inspired by real events yet embellished with creative liberties, underscores the necessity of abolishing Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu & Kashmir.

The film’s storyline follows Zooni Haksar (Yami Gautam Dhar), the intelligence field officer, who is relocated to Delhi following a ‘botched’ encounter despite its success, as deemed by his superior. As the government moves to abrogate Article 370, PMO Secretary Rajeshwari Swaminathan (Priyamani) shoulders much of the groundwork. She assembles her team and appoints Zooni to spearhead the NIA operation in Kashmir.

As far as the performances are concerned, all I can say is that Yami Gautam, who portrays Zooni, delivers a commendable performance with her intense as well as no-nonsense demeanour, showcasing her meticulous dedication while Priyamani, portraying an IAS officer, embodies the role convincingly with a controlled performance that hits the mark.

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Raj Zutshi, portraying a Kashmiri leader and thrice former Chief Minister of J&K, along with Raj Arun as Khawar Ali and Vaibhav Tatwawadi as Commandant Yash Chauhan, and set out to offer a dynamic support to the ensemble cast.

The film Article 370 proves to be a worthwhile watch, and marks a promising debut from director Aditya Suhas Jambhale, a two-time National Award-winning director, hinting that a lot can be expected from him in the future. Aditya Dhar is not only the producer but also story writer, screenplay writer and the dialogue writer of the film.

Yami Gautam has delivered a very commendable performance as the protagonist while Priyamani has portrayed a very crucial role. Arun Govil comes out of the shadow of Lord Ram in this film where he plays the Prime Minister effectively whereas Kiran Karmarkar takes on the role of the Home Minister though one does not realize why the director has decided to call them with other names

On the whole, Article 370 is a film which will appeal to the audiences though it is a propaganda film in one way but will prove to be an earner at the turnstiles as it has been made on a low budget of around 30 crores.