SRK’S CREW ARRIVING TODAY
Badshah expected within week
Srinagar, Aug 24: Ahead of uncrowned King’s visit to Kashmir come his courtiers with the crew of Yash Raj Films expected in the summer Capital Saturday setting stage for Shah Rukh Khan’s arrival to shoot for the upcoming but yet untitled film.
Bollywood sources say iconic Producer Yash Raj Chopra, his son and some of the faces in the cast are expected to be in the City in the first phase to complete the additional shooting ahead of SRK’s visit, which has triggered curiosity among his fans aspiring to catch glimpse of the superstar.
Sources say many of the crew members of Yash Raj Films’ “advance party” are driving to the Valley by road for a “short and tight scheduled shooting” Saturday.
“Dal and its nearby locales including the foothills of Zaberwan hills are expected to be the shooting venues,” they say adding that security arrangements would be pivotal for the high profile shooting.
The yet to be titled film comes from the filmmaker who gave Shah Rukh some of the biggest hits of career like Darr, Dil To Pagal Hai, Veer-Zaara and Dilwale Dulhaniya Ley Jayangay.
Shah Rukh, who was shooting for the film in Ladakh region, is believed to have taken a flight to his Mumbai home wherefrom he will fly to Kashmir.
Veteran travel and tour operator Nazir Ahmed Bakshi, the owner of Srinagar based Shiraz Travels, who has been a longtime friend of Bollywood people, is believed to have persuaded the Chopras to shoot some moments of the movie in Kashmir.
Bakshi, who is known for having hosted starts like Shammi Kapoor, Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachan, a number of times in the yesteryears, was keen to see Kashmir make it to Bollywood map, something which can attract more of tourists to the Valley.
His mantra seems to have worked again after decades with the Chopras as the famed filmmaker was convinced to bring Bollywood’s King to Kashmir for the expected big shoot.
Bakshi who is understood to be finalizing the arrangements particularly the security measures with regard to Khan’s visit, couldn’t be contacted for a word of confirmation. His staffers however say “boss is busy with confidential assignment, which we aren’t authorized to speak about.”
Meanwhile market pundits opine that SRK’s visit to Kashmir would be beneficial for ValleyKashmir’s tourism industry.
“Mumbai film industry has played a vital role in spreading awareness of tourism in Kashmir since ‘60s… It has always had a direct impact,” says Rauf Tramboo, a prominent tour operator and President Travel Agents Association of Kashmir.
He adds: “In the yesteryears movies like Kashmir Ki Kalli, Kabhi Kabhi, Sattay Pay Satta, Silsala, Lawaris and dozens of other hits attracted huge number of tourists to Kashmir, the Swarag on Earth. Shah Rukh Khan’s visit will do the magic, again!”
Lastupdate on : Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 24 Aug 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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