SYNOPSIS Kashmir. A place torn apart by claims of territoriality and nationalism. No Network is a perspective of a fellow citizen, who cannot become a tourist looking for picture perfect sights to carry back home. It is a Kashmir framed by the echoes of ‘azaan’, which remains the only possible background score for the sense of silence and isolation that the place evokes. It is a place, which in the process of being claimed by two nations has lost the claim to itself. Where beauty becomes synonymous with sadness. The experience of capturing the erstwhile paradise hence, is also coming to terms with the knowledge of one’s own helplessness.
The Kashmir glimpsed in No Network is one where the faceless people acquire an identity outside the one decided by the state. Where living and surviving have inched too close to each other and yet can be distinguished in moments that lie beyond official documentation.
No Network is probably a realization of the distance that is needed to travel from our own comfortable and ‘connected’ worlds to another tucked away, struggling for a moment of peace.