Shakespeare on Film in Asia

Authored by: Alexa Huang

The Shakespearean World

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415732529
eBook ISBN: 9781315778341
Adobe ISBN: 9781317696193

10.4324/9781315778341.ch12

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Abstract

"My angel!" A woman's voice is heard outside a hut in the snow in Kashmir in 1995, a landscape devoid of colour other than mostly black, white, and deep blue. Ghazala's son, Haider, a lone fighter, is hiding inside the severely damaged hut. Having sustained gunshot wounds, he is surrounded by the soldiers led by his uncle Khurram, who plans to kill him with a shoulder-launched rocket; but Ghazala, caught between her lover and her son, who is intent on avenging his father's death, convinces Khurram to give her one last chance to persuade Haider to give up his revenge plan and surrender. Soft-spoken, Ghazala may not appear to be a particularly strong woman at first glance, but she is taking on the active role of a liaison, negotiator, and now a game-changer.

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