Much More To Show In Kashmir Than Violence: Imtiaz Ali

Much More To Show In Kashmir Than Violence: Imtiaz Ali

17 May 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Noted Bollywood film maker of “Jab We Met” and “Rockstar” fame, today 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,' Imtiaz said during an interactive session organized by Media Department of Kashmir University here. He said most of the films on Kashmir have been on the violence that was prevalent in the state in the last two decades. '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,' the film maker 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,' Imtiaz said. 'I feel more pressure when I am shooting here as I keep on thinking that I better do justice to this place,' he added. The film maker 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. Imtiaz 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. Imtiaz urged upon the media students to take full advantage of the profession and learn the art of storytelling to become good film makers. “You should have something to say and the art of the story telling and how it is being projected on the screen plays an important role in the success of any film and it is something which ultimately makes one a good filmmaker,” he said. While sharing his experience with the MERC students, Imtiaz emphasized that the trend in Bollywood is changing from big budget movies to small budget ones. “It is these small budget movies which are receiving rave reviews from critics and are highly appreciated by the society for their simplicity,” he said. 'What we are seeing today is that the trend is changing and lot of small budget movies are making huge profit and are appreciated if they have good story to tell to the viewers,' said the film maker. Praising the Valley of Kashmir for its mesmerising beauty, Imtiaz said, “Kashmir is the most beautiful place which I have seen so far in my life and the people here are equally beautiful. Whenever people compliment someone in other parts of the country they say he is handsome or she is beautiful like a Kashmiri.” After the interaction with the students and the faculty members of MERC, Imtiaz said that he would like to conduct a workshop with the students of the department.