SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Writing and Filming Kashmir


Date: 3 December 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 3 December 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Conversation


The representation of Kashmir in popular culture has long been a subject of discussion and debate. Recent developments, however, raise these concerns in the new light of a Kashmir largely incommunicado. How then to communicate Kashmiri voices to the nation and beyond?  Whether it is the genre of the Bildungsroman or the staging of the valley as the Shakespearean rotten state, Kashmir continues to remain accessible in culture, if not through communication.

Following the screening of Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider (2014) on 2 December at Room RG01, discussion will take place on 3 December (Room B104) on two popular modes of representing Kashmir – writing and filming. Rakesh Sengupta, a screenwriting researcher in SOAS, will be in conversation with Basharat Peer and Mirza Waheed.



Basharat Peer is an opinion editor at The New York Times. He is the author of Curfewed Night, an account of the conflict in Kashmir, and A Question of Order: India, Turkey and the Return of Strongmen. He wrote the screenplay of Haider, a cinematic adaptation of Hamlet.

Mirza Waheed was born and brought up in Kashmir. His debut novel, The Collaborator, was an international bestseller and a finalist for the Guardian First Book Award and the Shakti Bhatt Prize. His second novel, The Book of Gold Leaves, was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. He has also written for the BBC, the Guardian, Granta, Guernica, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times.

Rakesh Sengupta is a doctoral student in SOAS. He researches South Asian film history with a focus on screenwriting practices, and his research has been published in Bioscope and Literature/Film Quarterly.

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