Kashmiri child (Aamina Afroz) plays role of Palestine kid in Bollywood movie

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Srinagar  26 Dec :

A Kashmiri child has been chosen for performing a role in Bollywood movie highlighting the atrocities on Palestine children by Israel Army.

Aamina Afroz (7) daughter of Muneer Ahmad Waza of Bijbehara’s old town, a class 2nd student from Creative and Advanced Training Institute (CATS) Gulshanabad KP Road Anantnag, returned home after completing 20 days of successful shooting for ‘Chintu Ka Birthday’.

The child movie of national award winning writer-director duo Satyanshu and Debvanshu Singh features Aamina in a crucial role.

The film maker had conducted workshops and auditions for child actors in four cities and Aamina stood first in the workshop.

“It was a hectic schedule for Aamina for one month as she used to leave for shooting early in the morning and it will go on till late evening,” said Aamina’s father Muneer Ahmad.

Muneer along with his wife Shagufta stayed with their daughter in Mumbai during her twenty day long shooting stint.

He said that everyone in the Chitra studio was all praise for her talent and promised her role in future ventures too.

The movie is scheduled to be released on the eve of international children film festival at Switzerland next month.

The story of the film revolves around a middle class business family from India stuck in Palestine, struggling to celebrate their kid’s (Chintu’s) birthday.

Aamina, named Zainab in the movie, plays the role of orphaned Palestinian girl and a friend of a birthday boy – Chintu.

Her parents have been killed by Israeli forces and she has been raised up by Chintu’s family.

She studies in the school run by grandparents of Chintu.

The movie is in Hindi, English and Arabic with Zainab an Arabic speaking kid.

Neat named Lion in the movie and Rije, both actors from USA, play the role of Israeli armed forces who unleash terror on the Palestinians.

The movie is significant in a way that both Kashmir and Palestine have been the victims of decades long conflict and have suffered with thousands killed and tortured.

The stories of orphans and widows born in conflict in both these places have been tragic.  Aamina being chosen for the role can be seen in this backdrop and also that Kashmiris and Palestinians bear a resemblance in looks.

“It is a heart warming story about hope, goodness and positivity set against a war torn backdrop,” executive producer of the movie Naveed Manakkodan wrote in a letter addressed to the school of Aamina while seeking support from it.

Aaamina gave credit to her school to explore talent.

“I am thankful to my school who nurtured my talent in the right direction and later provided me the platform to show it, ” she said.

Principal of the CATS school Shaista Ajaz assured that the school would be providing every kind of assistance she needs to explore her talent.

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