Geelani's Hurriyat Denounces Shooting Of Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider' In Kashmir

Geelani's Hurriyat Denounces Shooting Of Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider' In Kashmir

29 January 2014
Authint Mail


Srinagar: Pro-Pakistan Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani’s party Wednesday denounced the shooting of Bollywood movie Haider in Kashmir, stating that the films made on Kashmir act as a ‘tool for India’s military occupation in Kashmir’ which neglect peoples’ real pain and sufferings. Mr Geelani’s Tehreek-e-Hurriyat’s spokesman Ayaz Akbar said the people of Kashmir were known across the globe for their hospitality but India was trying to justify its ‘military occupation’ on Kashmir through Bollywood. “Bollywood actors play a part in this propaganda. Films made on Kashmir by Bollywood are far from reality which show that the freedom struggle of Kashmir is sponsored by Pakistan’s ISI which is not true,” he said. Mr Akbar accused the Indian filmmakers of promoting the propaganda of love affairs between government forces and Kashmiri women to ‘defame them’. “Thousands of people have been killed in fake encounters like Machil and Pathribal and thousands disappeared. No film has been made on Kunanposhpora or Asiya-Neelofar rape and murder cases. Bollywood does nothing except protecting its national interest when it comes to shooting films here, like that of Indian print and broadcast media which never shows the real picture of Kashmir,” he said. The crew and cast of Haider which is directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, arrived in Srinagar on Sunday for last leg of the shooting. Meanwhile, Hurriyat has expressed anguish after its senior leader Masrat Alam was send on a judicial remand. “This is a revengeful and an act of state terrorism by the government,” Akbar said, while expressing solidarity with Alam. Appealing for his immediate release, the spokesman said that these acts won’t hamper the struggle, “It only strengthens the cause and India continues to get exposed on its claim of being the largest democratic country of the world,” he said.