Review: Depicting the lives of those displaced amid the 1999 Kargil War, ‘Lines’ boasts a rather intriguing premise. The bold and charismatic Nazia (Hina Khan) lives in the picturesque Poonch district which is bounded by the Line of Control (LOC). He lost his father there at LOC at a young age and has since tried to be the ‘man of the house’, taking on the responsibilities of supporting his mother and grandmother. It is a normal rural life that they lead, until shots are heard, that is when they flee to hide in the refugee camps. Unfortunately, this is your usual survival exercise. Sometimes they even spend weeks and months in these fields, ridiculing the appalling political unrest.
Recalling the good times amidst that chaos, Nazia’s grandmother (Farida Jalal) wishes to reunite with her sister, who settled across the border in Pakistan. Nazia is then on a mission to track her down, but ends up finding much more. The love of his life, Nabeel (Rishi Bhutani), arrives. And what follows is a series of predictable scenes that build up to the interesting climax.
Set in scenic locations, ‘Lines’ is a slow-paced drama that flops due to poor acting. Its weak script fails to evoke emotions even in the most intense scenes. While Farida Jalal is compelling in her portrayal of a loving grandmother, Hina Khan’s performance is only picked up in the second half of the film. The rest of the cast struggles to add value to the overall narrative. And at various points, even the misplaced background score sticks out like a sore thumb.
In one of the scenes, an Indian soldier rightly says: “Siasaton ne insaanon ko lakeeron mein baandh diya hai, warna hum jaise toh hain uss taraf bhi hain log. And through the plight of its characters, reiterating the same thought in many poetic dialogues, ‘Lines’ highlights the wounds of the Indo-Pak conflict in this bittersweet love story.