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For the youth of Punjab, caught between helplessness and despair in the tumult of the separatist movement and insurgency, waiting for justice is like waiting for Godot.

Waiting is a complicated process. It is bred by hope, sustained by strength and motivated by a dream. We wait for something that is certain to happen one day or something that has a possibility to happen someday or something that won’t happen ever. Sometimes, it becomes our reason to survive and at other times, it is the only choice we have.

Waiting as a motif has been explored by authors, film-makers, photographers and painters alike. One such example is a recent (2016) Punjabi film, Vaapsi, directed by Rakesh Mehta. The film poignantly depicts the urge of the protagonist to ­return home. It is set in the Punjab of the late 1980s when terror, uncertainty and fear prevailed in the state. It was a dreadful phase when sudden disappearances, illegal detentions and fake encounters, especially of the youth, were common occurrences. Caught in the quagmire, the protagonist manages to shift to a foreign country. As the film begins, he is desperately waiting for the right opportunity to return to his village.

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