Srinagar, Nov 25: Vishal Bhardawaj who is in Srinagar to shoot his upcoming film Hyder Monday met media persons at Taj Vivanta, where his cast and crew is staying, said “I am not making a film on Kashmir for commercial reasons. It is an emotional subject for me. I want to depict the pain suffered by Kashmiris in last 25 years.”
Vishal said, “My first trip to Kashmir was in 2010 when I shot a few sequences for 7 Khoon Maaf, since then I am visiting regularly.”
When asked why a film on Kashmir Vishal said, “I genuinely tried to put myself in to an ordinary Kashmiris shoes before finalizing Kashmir as the subject of my film.”
This is the first Bollywood film where more than forty s
mall and mid-size roles are done by locals. “My film is about Kashmir and Kashmiris only. There is not even a single actor from Jammu or Hi
machal or any other state.
Referring to yesterday’s incident when shooting was stalled in KU Vishal said, “You have to see it to understand my film. All I can tell you that I tried my best to remain truthful to the subject.”
Vishal said that if everything goes well he will premier his film in Kashmir
University campus. “My film is about Kashmir so it should be premiered here only,” said Vishal.
Hyder, is the first Bollywood which will be entirely shot in Kashmir. Shahid Kapoor plays lead character Hyder, who belongs to a middle class Kashmiri family. Veteran Bollywood actress Tabu plays the role of Shahid’s mother, a school teacher.
The film is based on Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet. At the start of the press conference Vishal said, “Kashmir is one of the biggest human tragedies of our times.”
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cial reasons. He announced to premiere his film in University of Kashmir auditorium, the campus that witnessed a massive protests against shooting a particular shot on Sunday.
“I am doing this film for emotional reasons and not commercial reasons,” Bhardwaj told a select group of reporters. “The film is an effort to share the pain that Kashmir has endured in all these years. It is about how one could have been brought up in Kashmir in last 25 years.”
Bhardwaj said had this situation existed in Europe or US, it would have been led to making of more than fifty films. “I agree with that Bollywood has not done justice with Kashmir which has been the biggest tragedy of modern times,” Bhardwaj said. “Truth should have been told somehow without taking sides.”
Haider, a mid-budget film, staring Shahid Kapoor and Shradha as the lead characters with Tabu, Irfan Pathan and K K Menon in other supplementary roles, is the story of a middle class student pursuing his M Phil that a tragedy truck him. Menon is playing Uncle Claudius of Haider. It is this character that Bhardwaj is using to tell “the story of pain to a larger audience.” He said he is talking of the pain and not the “politics of it”.
Bhardwaj said while Bollywood filmmakers have routinely flown to Srinagar and made promises of being honest with the subject and failed on that, he would love to be judged on basis of the work I have already done. “Not a single character in the film is non-Kashmiri and we have 15 local artists playing different roles,” Bhardwaj said identifying some of them as Aamir Bashir, Bashir Bhawani, Muzamil child artist Aasim. “We are using a lot of folk including the famous number Roush-e-Wala Posh-e-Dilbarou and we are using the folk dance band pather as well.”
“We are shooting the entire film in Kashmir and not a single shot is being recorded in any studio in Mumbai,” the celebrated filmmaker said asserting the script of the film speaks about the ground realities which he has personally studied during his frequent visits since 2010. “We have seen Kashmir from outside and this film is aimed at seeing it from inside.” The filmmaker assured people that if the film disappoints them he will never return to Kashmir.
Asked if the return of Bollywood to Kashmir indicate some sort of normalcy, Bhardwaj said he has been seeing Kashmir quite normal every time he visited. “I move around with my family in Srinagar and the countryside without any police escort and I see things as normal as they are,” Bhardwaj said. However, he regretted the closure of cinema halls. “I hope a cinema hall operates till the time we complete or otherwise we will premier it in the University of Kashmir auditorium,” he said.
The crew has been shooting in Kashmir for last 19 days but it landed in a sort of problem in the University of Kashmir lawns on Sunday when students took exception to a group of artists performing in a particular scene. “They (students) did not know the context of the shot,” the filmmaker said. “We shot it elsewhere after managing shooting in the university lawns for seven hours. The falling Chinar leaves gave the shot something that is unparalleled.”
Even though Bollywood is a rare survivor of the conflict in Kashmir, people are unhappy with the depiction of Kashmir in the Bollywood films. Interestingly, when Bhardwaj met Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, he advised him against misrepresenting Kashmir. Bhardwaj said he is shooting entire film in Kashmir and is not claiming that it was shot elsewhere as was in the case Bachna Aay Hasina. Omar had taken a strong exception to the characters identifying the spot as Missouri even though the film was shot in Kashmir.
Courtesy: (Economic Times)