At Promo Release, Kashmiri Producer Decries Govt Apathy

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Srinagar: The trailer of feature film ‘Kashmir Daily – Story of a Journalist’’ approved by Central Board of film Certification under ‘U’ certification was Saturday released at a local hotel here.
Addressing media persons here, the Director and Producer of the movie, Hussein Khan said that the film is based on key social issue of Kashmir and reflects the story of a local journalist and his hard chase of investigative reporting on drug addiction here.
“The story revolves around drug addiction among youth here and the investigative reporting done by a journalist to unearth the scandal and unmask people and the kingpin associated with the trade,” Khan said.
 He said it took them more than three years to produce the film, the artists and crew members of which hail from J&K alone. He added that the film has been extensively shot at various locales in Valley.
The Director called the movie a morale booster for other film makers in Kashmir and a milestone to establish a fresh film industry in the state in the upcoming years. He however rued the official apathy and held government responsible for the struggle of film industry here to survive.
“Kashmir Film Industry at present is struggling to survive mainly due to non availability of support from government or other private financers. In states like Bihar and UP, government is providing a huge amount of subsidies on local films to promote local language, art, culture and destinations. Similarly state government needs to come forward and own the local films and the film industry here,” Khan said.
 Khan said now since their film is complete, their production house needs encouragement in terms of facilitation and logistic support from government and said, “The film is releasing at national level this July and we hope that the government will facilitate its release in the state successfully”.

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