Mumbai: Kashmir may be getting a film city in near future, as Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Friday said that a proposal was under discussion.
Attending a function in Mumbai, where she launched of trailer of a Bollywood movie, Sargoshiyan, Mufti said, “We invite Bollywood to take advantage of the scenic beauty of Jammu and Kashmir. We are also planning to develop a village as a film city to facilitate production houses with seamless film shooting,”
Talking to media, Mufti said that she has been discussing the plan of the film city with his cinematographer brother.
“My younger brother Tassaduq Hussain, who did the shooting of ‘Omkara,’ has been discussing a proposal from long to convert a small nearby village of Srinagar into a film city to promote young talent.
“This will also help people who come from other parts of the country to have a safe and amazing stay,” she added.
Asked about who could be the eligible ambassador for Srinagar, Mufti said with a smile chose Salman Khanas the best option.
Extending an open invitation for the people to visit the Kashmir valley during the spring, Mufti said, “The state government will be hosting a tulip festival in Srinagar at Asia’s largest tulip garden and our state is safe for tourists.”
A number of film and television actors were present at the event, including Farida Jalal, Alok Nath, Raza Murad, Kaushal Tandon and Deepshikha.
‘Sargoshiyan’ is film based in Kashmir, starring Tom Alter, Imran Khan, Farida Jalal, Alok Nath, Inderneil Sengupta and Aditi Bhatia, is all set to hit the theatres in March.
Blaming the media for unnecessarily highlighting incidents in one corner of the valley, Mufti said, “It seems as if no incident takes place in the rest of the country. By highlighting such incidents tourism in the state gets affected.”
Talking about soldiers getting killed in Kashmir, she said, “People become emotional when they see the body of a young martyred soldier on television. The true way to salute these martyred soldiers will be to visit the valley.”