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Kashmir out of bond for the Hindi cinema world

February 17, 2011 04:38:56 PM IST
Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
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It indeed is an unfortunate occurrence that when whole of the world is celebrating Valentine's Day today, one of the most beautiful spots in the world Kashmir, which has been used as the background to weave tapestry of romance for quite a long time has now been made out of bounds for shooting. Indeed, this dictate which has been issued by the state government has not been written about much, probably owing to the fact that for the cinema makers the option of shooting at other places always exists, but for Kashmir shutting its doors to the cinematic oeuvre indeed is a sad development.

The cause of provocation is the manner in which Kashmir has been projected in Hindi cinema, as per the government orders. Well, for a short reference term, Kashmir may have been projected in the perceived negative manner, but if one were to expand the terms of reference of the manner in which Kashmir has been projected through the world of cinema, be it Hindi or South Indian cinema, it always has been projected as the land which nourishes nurtures and allows love to bloom, prosper, and gravitate towards a long term relationship.

Besides, in the recent times as well, LAMHA being the latest example the projection has been done with the objective to bring back the youth who have taken to terrorism related activities. The trend of projecting this development of Kashmir through the cinematic oeuvre was initiated by the fellow Kashmiri Vidhu Vinod Chopra who began a new interpretation of Kashmir through KHAMOSH which was probably the first film that had extensively used Dal Lake as the backdrop to weave a tapestry of murder mystery. He followed it up with MISSION KASHMIR which was again a tribute to the commitment of a Police Officer who tried his level best to bring back a misguided youth back to the mainstream of civilization.

In the melee to issue the dictate what has been forgotten that the recent influx of tourists in Kashmir has primarily been owing to the courage of the filmmakers to make films in Kashmir which ash brought back tourists in droves. In the recent times, filmmakers were moving to hitherto unexplored areas of Kashmir like Sonemarg etc., but with this diktat Kashmir indeed would be cut off from the world. One needs to underline the fact that even at the time when militancy was at its peak, Government of India had never imposed any ban on film making in Kashmir. Cinema is a window to the world, and if a ban is being imposed, it also underlines the fact that the government is not confident about its developmental initiatives. Besides, a censor board also exists and it can decide whether the film has to be released or not, why censor the process of film making itself?

May be a rethink is on order, as with the emergence of new breed of filmmakers, Kashmir indeed could be given a realistic portrayal in the world of cinema. Would the government give a second thought? It needs to there still a lot is to be explored in Kashmir.

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