Fri, 14 Dec 2007 13:37:06 GMT

Bollywood makes a comeback to Kashmir

Bollywood appears to have made a comeback to one of its favourite shooting locales in the country, Kashmir Valley, but film-makers and state authorities want to keep it a low-key affair.

Santosh Sivan

The move is part of a well thought-out strategy to avoid hype as the authorities here had a bitter experience of highlighting the arrival of tourists who became soft targets of militants over the past two years, highly placed sources said.

They said the presence of film personalities who have started flocking to Kashmir after a long gap, will give a fillip to tourism in the state.

The Valley was a favourite shooting spot for Hindi film producers in 1960s, 70s and 80s before the onset of militancy in 1990 with several blockbusters like 'Silsila', 'Karma', 'Aarzoo', 'Mangal Pandey', 'Betaab' and many others being shot here.

However, the eruption in militancy forced the film-makers to look for other places as the security situation did not permit shooting of movies in the Valley.

Although bits and parts of several Bollywood films were shot in Kashmir in the post-militancy period, the producers as well as the authorities here now want to maintain a low profile during the stay of the stars in the Valley.

Recently, a crew from Santosh Sivan Films Limited were in Pahalgam tourist resort for a 25-day shooting for an untitled movie but their movement and schedule was kept a tightly guarded secret.

Source: PTI

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