Kaafir: Can terrorism, prejudice and soulmate love mix?

Cast and Credits

  • Main Cast: Dia Mirza (Kainaz Akhtar), Mohit Raina (Vedant Rathore), Dishita Jain (Sehar).
  • Director: Sonam Nair
  • Cinematographer: Pratik Shah
  • Written By: Bhavani Iyer
  • Dialogues: Vicky Chandra
  • Languages: Hindi and English. Subtitles (in English) available.
  • Genres: Thriller, Romance, True Story
  • Episodes: 8 (average duration 30 – 60 minutes)
  • Producer: Sidharth Malhotra, Alchemy Films
  • Digital Platform: Zee5

Plot Description

Main Themes

  • How the elusive promise of Kashmiri freedom is leaving in its wake a vehement, visible sense of psychological trauma and frustration faced by both the Kashmiri Hindu and Muslim communities who reside in this perturbed region.
  • The loosely-hidden Jihadist agenda of trying to “capture India”;
  • How human interest news stories in Indian journalism generate more Television Rating Points (TRPs) because of the so-called “emotional connect” and are often superimposed over strongly relevant crime/terrorism/hard news stories which are actually in the public interest;
  • The possibility of a woman being both a terrorist and a mother, although Kainaaz isn’t actually a militant;
  • The psychological development of children born in prisons and how their recovery from the trauma warrants strong levels of empathy, compassion, patience and support;
  • How army families deal with trauma, death and grief;
  • The societal pressures of becoming a mother after marriage, especially in rural South Asian communities, but this could very well ring true for women across all classes, qualifications and cultures;
  • The ruthless patriarchal structure typically seen in South Asian families: i.e. what the self-appointed “head” of the family says, i.e. the father, goes, even if its detrimental to the quality of the lives of his fully-grown, well-educated and liberal-minded children.
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Trailer Still from Kaafir (ZEE5, 2019)

Narrative Flow: Prejudice and Soul Love Intertwines

Pressures of becoming a mother

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Dishita Jain as Sehar, Dia Mirza as Kainaaz Akhtar and Mohit Raina as Vedant Rathore in Kaafir (Zee5, 2019)

Stresses of living in war-torn, politically-conflicted regions

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Mohit Raina as Vedant Rathore in Kaafir (Zee5, 2019)

Mohit Raina as Vedant Rathore

Soulmate Love between Vedant and Kainaaz

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Dia Mirza as Kainaaz Akhtar and Mohit Raina as Vedant Rathore in Kaafir (ZEE5, 2019)

Dia Mirza as Kainaaz Akhtar

Mise-en-scene and other technical aspects

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Sudakshina (Kina) Bhattacharjee is a commercial writer, a qualified journalist, a published author and a digital content marketer. www.sudakshinakina.com