As Bollywood prepares to return to Kashmir, a look back at its love affair with the valley

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The Indian movie trade is rekindling its romance with Kashmir — a vacation spot as soon as a favorite of the filmmakers and the viewers alike. Soon, the valley could have the cameras set on its blooming tulips, placid lakes, coniferous bushes and the Dal Lake.

On Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir LG Manoj Sinha met Bollywood filmmakers together with Ekta Kapoor, Dinesh Vijan, Imtiaz Ali, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Nitesh Tiwari amongst others in Mumbai. He invited them to shoot in the Valley and, additionally mentioned how the taking pictures of movies could be made business-friendly in the Union Territory.

Bollywood’s love story with the picturesque Kashmir dates back to the Nineteen Sixties and 70s. Back then, scores of movies had been set in the backdrop of the stunning locales of the Valley. Some of the most romantic and evergreen songs had been picturised in the snow-clad hills and plush inexperienced locales of Jammu & Kashmir. In 1961, Shammi Kapoor romanced Saira Banu in the snow-capped mountains in Srinagar as he sang “Chahe koi mujhe junglee kahe”. He immortalised the ‘shikara’ on the Dal Lake in the track “Tareef karun kya uski” as he wooed a stunning Sharmila Tagore in Kashmir Ki Kali (1964).

Films like Jab Jab Phool Khile (1965), Aarzoo (1965), Janwar (1965), Roti (1974), and Mere Sanam (1965) etched a stunning image of the valley and, for these rising up in city India, visiting Kashmir, the ‘paradise on earth’, grew to become a dream. Filmmakers captured nature in its full glory and it will definitely gave a fillip to the tourism sector. People who couldn’t go to scenic Sonamarg meadows, Mughal Gardens, Gulmarg or Pahalgam, loved their serenity by means of the lens of filmmakers.

In the late Nineteen Seventies and early 80s, cinephiles witnessed Yash Chopra’s love affair with the beguiling fantastic thing about Kashmir in superhits like Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Noorie (1979) and Silsila (1981). However, by the Nineties, the area witnessed a few of the most violent instances. And, Kashmir discovered a new narrative in cinema. The tales obtained consumed by the rigidity in the Valley. Mani Ratnam’s Roja (1992) and Dil Se (1998) was set in opposition to the backdrop of political turmoil in Kashmir. Mission Kashmir (2000) and Yahaan (2005) additionally showcased the unrest in the area. However, the rising tensions there compelled filmmakers to shoot elsewhere at the same time as they ostensibly confirmed Kashmir, a working example being Roja. Mani Ratnam had deliberate to shoot the movie in Kashmir however ended up shifting it to   Coonoor, Ooty, and Manali.

Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha in Yash Chopra’s 1981 movie SIlsila. (Express archive photograph)

Eventually, movie producers and administrators grew to become hesitant to shift base to the Valley as a sense of worry and uncertainty engulfed Bollywood’s as soon as favorite backdrop. They most well-liked to shoot in numerous different areas of the nation and likewise on the international shores. The beautiful locales of Ooty fashioned the backdrop for a lot of different Bollywood movies like Hum Aapke Hain Koun!, Maine Pyar Kiya, Deewana and Dil Se. Also, touristy landmarks of London, Paris, New York and Switzerland changed Sonamarg, Srinagar, Gulmarg and Pahalgam.

But, now that the movie administrators and producers plan to return to the bay, we revisit some latest movies that had been shot in Kashmir.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012)

Jab Tak Hai jaan in Kashmir Anushka Sharma in a nonetheless from the track “Jiya Re”

Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra who appeared to have a particular connection with Kashmir shot his final movie there. It was additionally actor Shah Rukh Khan’s maiden go to to the Valley after which he hoped “more filmmakers will come to Kashmir”. The love saga introduced back the romantic essence of the valley. It had Anushka Sharma dancing on a shikara on the Dal Lake in the track “Jiya Re”. Several different parts of the movie had been shot throughout the serene locales of Kashmir together with lush locales of Aru, a hill station to the north of Pahalgam.

Highway (2014)

Alia Bhatt in Highway Alia Bhatt ina nonetheless from Imtiaz Ali’s Highway.

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali is understood for making his movies aesthetically stunning. He did one thing related with Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda’s street movie Highway. Few scenes of the film had been shot at Gujjar Basti, Aru in Kashmir’s Pahalgam. Ali was additionally amongst the first few administrators to revive Bollywood’s misplaced relationship with Kashmir with his movie Rockstar in 2011.

Haider (2014)

vishal bhardwaj, vishal bhardwaj films, vishal bhardwaj female actors, vishal bhardwaj heroines, indian express, indian express news Shahid Kapoor in Haider’s track “Bismil” which was shot at Martand Sun Temple.

Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj tried to present Kashmir from the ‘inside’ in his display adaptation of Shakespearean play Hamlet. “It was the political turmoil and the 25 years of tragedy of Kashmir” that compelled Bhardwaj to set his movie in the valley. The Shahid Kapoor, Tabu and Shraddha Kapoor starrer was filmed at Pahalgam, Kehribal space in Anantnag, Mattan, Aishan Sahab Zaina Kadal Bridge in previous Srinagar, Nishat Bagh, Qazigund, Martand Sun Temple, Naseem Bagh (at Kashmir University Garden), Hazratbal and Sonamarg.

Perhaps, alongside with movies akin to Hamid and Lost Fathers of Kashmir, it additionally addressed the demand that Kashmir, when represented by means of the Bollywood lens, reveals Kashmir as a place of pristine magnificence with out displaying its truths. The movie went past simply tales set in Kashmir.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

The Kabir Khan directorial Bajrangi Bhaijaan starring Salman Khan in the lead position was shot at picturesque areas throughout the Valley together with at the well-known resorts of Pahalgam and Gulmarg. The track “Bhar Do Jholi Meri” was shot at a well-known shrine in Ashmuqam space of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. While taking pictures for the movie, Salman had written on Twitter, “KASHMIR bahut AMEER in natural beauty… Maashallah  Maashallah.” The climax of Bajrangi Bhaijaan was shot at Sonmarg close to the Thajiwas glacier.

Raazi (2018)

alia bhatt, meghna gulzar raazi Alia Bhatt and Meghna Gulzar clicked throughout the shoot of Raazi in Kashmir.

Set throughout the 1971 India-Pakistan battle and primarily based on the guide ‘Calling Sehmat‘, Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi was shot in components of Kashmir. For Meghna, it was like reliving recollections of her childhood when she visited the units of her father Gulazar’s movies. Talking about the vacation spot, Meghna had shared, “Coming back to Kashmir, the connect is explicable. I don’t know whether it’s because the place is so beautiful or because of the people here who are so beautiful.”

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