Kashmir’s beauty mesmerizes Imtiaz Ali

Shoots Highway in high altitudes

AAQIB ASHRAF

Srinagar, May 17: Noted director of Bollywood Imtiaz Ali is presently in Kashmir shooting for his next film ‘Highway’ starring Randeep Hooda and Aalia Bhatt.
Imtiaz said the movie is presently being shot in high altitudes of Kashmir.
“We are working with Gujjar and Bakarwal communities of these areas. The story of the movie is about a girl who goes on an unusual journey,” Imtiaz said.
Imtiaz said it was because of intriguing nature of people and unmatched beauty of the Kashmir that he decided to shoot another film here.  “After shooting Rockstar, I was eager to know more about this place. In fact Kashmir is the most beautiful place with most sophisticated society of all the places I have seen. I am excited about shooting another film here,” he said. Terming ‘Highway’ as his ‘dream project’ and the first movie he wanted to make, Imtiaz said its story was in his mind for a long time.
On the Bollywood’s return to Kashmir he said, “It is a good sign.” “It is due to eagerness and support of Kashmiris and the state authorities that has encouraged Bollywood to return back to Kashmir.”
Imtiaz has directed four films including Jab We Met and Rockstar being his most successful flick. The ‘Highway’ is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala with music by famous music director AR Rahman. The movie, which is likely to release in December this year, is set in six different states and captures the journey of two completely opposite people who are thrown together by fate. Imtiaz was speaking at an event organized by the Media Education Research Centre, Kashmir University. He also had an interactive session with the students of the department.
“Kashmir has not been represented fairly… in fact it has been represented very less,” he added. “My view on Kashmir is reflected in the cinema that I make. In Rockstar, I depicted Kashmir in the way I had interpreted it. For making their stories be heard, Kashmiris don’t have to rely on others, they have to themselves give the products,” Imtiaz said while replying to another question.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 18 May 2013 00:00:00 IST




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