Srinagar- Amitabh Kant, the Sherpa-G20 stated on Monday that the people from all G-7 countries were present in the G-20 meeting in Srinagar making the negative travel advisory on J&K irrelevant.
“People and the representatives of all G-7 countries have come to Srinagar. There is a significant rise in foreign tourist arrivals in Kashmir since the past few months. Where comes the question of negative travel advisories of foreign countries or the ban on traveling to Kashmir by foreign countries,” Kant said while replying to a query. He said the “question itself is irrelevant when people from all G-7 countries are very much present in the Srinagar event.”
Pertinently, Kashmir traders and tourism stakeholders have pinned hopes on the G-20 meeting that the foreign delegates will help remove the negative travel advisory imposed on their citizens that bars them from visiting the Valley
He also said that Kashmir is the finest destination for film shooting.
Kant said the Kashmir Valley has been attracting filmmakers due to its unique nature, which has something for everyone.
“Kashmir is not just a destination but a unique experience. Kashmir is an amazing destination because of Alpine forests, streams etc. There is no better destination than Kashmir as it has something to offer to everyone. It has everything,” Kant said.
He was addressing the delegates from the G20 countries on the side event ‘Film Tourism for Economic and Cultural Preservation’. The event is a part of the third Tourism Working Group Meeting of the G20 countries being held in the city.
“We believe in peace and prosperity. Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes tourism has a multiplier effect and it is a job creator. This destination is unique because no Bollywood movie was complete without a shoot in Kashmir. No romance in India was complete without Kashmir,” he said.
He added that Kashmir is the finest destination to shoot movies, especially of the romance genre.
“We will help you to bring more and more romance and glamour to your films,” Kant said addressing the event.
Referring to famous movies which were shot in Kashmir, Kant said “Bobby” — the 1973 Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia starrer — which was shot in a cottage in Gulmarg, became a household word in India.
“Kashmir Ki Kali”, “Jab Jab Phool Khilay” were also shot and went on became hits, he added.
“This has led to 370 films taking permission to shoot in Kashmir,” the India’s G20 Sherpa said.
He said while many filmmakers went to Switzerland and elsewhere for shooting, many international movies were shot in India.
“It has been a two way process Natu Natu (the Oscar-winning song from the movie “RRR”) was shot in presidential palace of Ukraine. So, it is a two way process,” Kant said.
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