Bollywood returns to Kashmir Valley

April 2nd, 2009 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, April 2 (IANS) Bollywood is fast resuming its honeymoon with the picturesque Kashmir Valley - once the most favoured location for filmmakers in the country.
Several film units have already started shooting in Kashmir, which has been in the clutches of violence since 1989, when insurgency erupted in the Muslim-dominated valley.

Film producer Sunil Kapoor is presently in the valley shooting for “Love in Kashmir”. The producer has completed 30 percent of the film’s shooting.

Kapoor received great help from the state government to shoot the film, Minister for Tourism and Culture Nawang Rigzin Jora said, adding more producers were willing to come to the valley.

Jora in a release said the tourism department was keen to lure the big Bollywood banners back to the Kashmir Valley and was committed to providing them the best of facilities for their shoots, including free access to locations.

He asked Bollywood filmmakers to also make use of locales in Ladakh and Jammu regions, which also provide vast and varied potential for film production houses.

He said shooting a film in the state was much cheaper than in Europe.

The Kashmir Valley used to be the favourite destination of the Bollywood producers and many hit films like “Kashmir Ki Kali”, “Kabhi Kabhi” and “Arzoo” were shot in the valley.

However, the militancy forced filmmakers to look for other places with the worsening security situation in the valley.

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