Shooting for ‘Haider’ Irks Dal Residents

SRINAGAR:  Scores of shopkeepers and Dal dwellers Saturday alleged that their movement was restricted by security personnel who were guarding a Bollywood film crew shooting for their latest movie ‘Haider’ in Kashmir.

According to reports, the film crew, including film actor, Shahid Kapoor appeared in the interiors of Dal Lake and the crew was seen camping near Meena Bazar Aabikarpora in Dal Lake.

Hundreds of security personnel cordoned off the area and allegedly restricted the movement of the people while shopkeepers were not allowed to open their shops. “Security personnel directed us to wait for the departure of film crew. First we were told that the shooting would be over after an hour but whole day we were made to wait and our movement was restricted,” one of the owners of a showroom Muhammad Amin said.

Shopkeepers and locals resented the shooting and staged a protest alleging that people are always made to suffer whenever shooting of any Bollywood movie takes place in any part of Kashmir Valley. Shopkeepers alleged that they did not earn a penny for the whole day and were made hostage.

One of the shopkeepers said that after shooting in Kashmir and making people suffer here, these Bollywood Directors mislead people and often depict Kashmir as Manali or Shimla.

“We are not against Bollywood but the way they take shelter of security personnel and even did not allow people to gather around is surprising and painful. We are not terrorists that our movement is being restricted anytime and anywhere whenever Bollywood returns to Valley,” said an elderly person.

Pertinently, Film maker Vishal Bharadwaj is teamed up with the actor Shahid Kapoor for his latest directorial venture ‘Haider’ in Kashmir.

While talking to CNS, one of the members of film crew said that this movie is about Kashmiri people. “We will not repeat what ‘Yeh Jawani hai Diwani’ team did but we have promised Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that we will give credit to Kashmir in the movie,” he said.(CNS)

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