Bollywood director Imtiaz Ali said Kashmir is regarded as "special" by the people of the country, but lamented that the place has "not been accurately" portrayed by the Hindi film industry.
"Kashmir is regarded as special in the country... It is
like the jewel of the country... But it is represented very
little and I do share your sentiment that it has not being
completely and accurately described. There have been films on
Kashmir, but there is much more than what has been shown," Ali
said during an interactive session organized by Media
Department of Kashmir University here.
Ali said most of the films on Kashmir have been on the
violence that was prevalent in the state in the last two
"I do not have the numbers but I think there have been
a lot of stories on violence in Kashmir. But there is much
more to show than violence," he said.
The filmmaker, who is currently shooting his new film
Highway in the valley, said that Kashmir apart from being
the most beautiful place is the most sophisticated society.
"Kashmir is the most beautiful place I have seen in my
life. I have been very attracted by Kashmiri culture... The
way they eat, the way they cook and all that... It is the most
sophisticated society I have known. I love Kashmir and I want
to show it through my films," he said.
"I feel more pressure when I am shooting here as I keep on
thinking that I better do justice to this place," he
The Jab We Met helmer said Kashmir has a lot of creative
talent and expressed hope that youngsters will make a mark in
the film industry.
"The standard of aesthetics is very high here. People are
very creative and talented. I hope a lot of young people will
come up with good ideas and prove themselves," he said.
The director, who also shot his last film Rockstar in
the valley, is presently shooting Highway with actors Alia
Bhatt and Randeep Hooda.
Ali also lauded the state government for encouraging
filmmakers to shoot the movies in the valley.
"Government is keen to encourage filmmakers to come to
Kashmir and the authorities are very helpful here," he said.