Bollywood finds Kashmir peaceful, safe for movies

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Film Producer and Actor Imran Khan who is currently shooting the Bollywood movie Sargoshiyan here was all praise of the Kashmir unmatched beauty.

He said most of the movies in Kashmir were shot at known places “but they have preferred little known destinations like Drung, Badharwah, Doodpathri to showcase local beauty”. He said Kashmir is very beautiful and people here are also hospitable. We have also taken the services of local boys in this romantic movie. We shot movies at little known destinations like Doodpather but they are equally beautiful as other known destinations,” Imran Khan told media persons here at SKICC.

Khan was flanked by veteran actor Alok Nath and female lead Sara Khan besides Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah. Nath, who came back to Kashmir after more than two decades, said the situation in Valley is normal. “As an outsider, I think things are very normal here. And the difference between when I first came here and now is that the infrastructure is better, the lifestyle is almost the same,” said Nath.

He also admitted that he is leaving with a heavy heart. “I have come to Kashmir after two and half decades. Last time I was here doing a film called Agni. Then in 1994, I was doing  a serial with Imran called Tara and we came up to Patnitop. Now I am back and I can say that it was a happy, pleasurable and a calm trip. I really don’t want to go back so soon but I have other commitments too. But I am leaving with a heavy heart,” said Nath.

The film’s female lead, Sara Khan said Sargoshiyan is special and simple story about relationships. “This film is one of the sweetest stories ever told. The special thing about this movie is that it’s a very simple story about relationships and how they grow in this beautiful valley. I hope Inshallah, more and more people from the industry will come here, “said Sara.

Sara termed Kashmir as the ‘Switzerland’ of India.

“I am extremely happy to be here in Kashmir. This is the Switzerland of India. In the 90s Bollywood was here only. And now once again, the industry is coming back here. Films like Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Haider and Bajrangi Bhaijaan was shot here and they have opened the gates for other filmmakers,” said Sara.

 

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