PM Modi Says Kashmir Can Develop as the Shooting Destination for International Films
New Delhi: In his address to the nation on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about Kashmir's importance and potential as a prime film shooting destination. He emphasised on developing the Valley as a primary and preferred location for film shoots.
Modi stressed that once Kashmir was one of the most sought after locations for Bollywood filmmakers and that going forward it would also start opening its door to international film production houses.
"Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh have the potential to be the biggest tourist hubs of the world. There was a time when Kashmir was the favorite destination of Bollywood filmmakers, I am confident that in future even international films will be shot there," he said.
The prime minister added, "I would urge Hindi film industry, Telugu film industry to give a serious thought to invest in films, theatre here."
Modi also talked about creating a 'conducive environment' for the development of the state and the film industry.
Bollywood has kept Kashmir on its destinations' list for decades. Most recently, Notebook, produced by Salman Khan and directed by Nitin Kakkar, was shot here. The story was also set in the state.
Earlier, films like Raazi, Fitoor, Fanaa, Haider and many others were shot and set in Kashmir.
On Tuesday, Parliament approved a resolution abrogating special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. It also cleared a bill to split the state into two Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The decision was welcomed by a large section of the Hindi film industry, including names like Paresh Rawal, Dia Mirza and Anupam Kher.