Almost effortlessly, the plot of Zero Bridge grabs you. A moral dilema is set early on. Dilawar robs the bag of a beautiful older woman (Taniya Khan). He later meets her again, and again, in the place where she works. Bani befriends him, seeks his company. They are the ambitious, smart ones in their forsaken town, the ones who want to get out. She teaches him how to play chess. Diliwar has the chance to do the right thing by this woman and fails. And then, is given another chance.
Tapa’s film asks us to care about Diliwar despite his reprehensible actions. Remarkably enough, the filmmaker succeeds. He gets us to care about Bani, too. Zero Bridge creates drama and suspense up until the end. You will not be sorry to have swallowed this particular pill.
Zero Bridge (2008)
Country/Year: Kashmir/USA, 2008
Running Time: 96 mins
Language: Kashmiri/Urdu with English subtitles