Monday, March 28, 2011

Imtiaz Ali shoots ‘Rockstar’ in Kashmir

For his forthcoming venture ‘Rockstar’, Imtiaz Ali has chosen the Paradise Of India, Kashmir, as one of its shooting locales. A part of the film is being shot in Pahalgam, a famous tourist spot. The filmmaker was recently joined by the Mozart of Music AR Rahman, who was on a two-day visit to the Valley, to compose songs for the film.

Surprisingly Rahman replaced composer Pritam who usually had been in Ali’s team. Pritam had composed songs for the director’s earlier ventures - ‘Jab We Met’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’.

As per common belief of the film industry, Kashmir is considered as an unsecured place for shooting, due to regular political and anti-social issues. However, Imtiaz felt that the beautiful state is just a victim of media hype and filmmakers should come to Kashmir and capture its beauty in their films. Said Imtiaz to sources, "I think the media is playing up the negative aspect of the situation in Kashmir more than the positive side of the valley. My experience is that Kashmir is the most beautiful and highly peaceful place."

The director further added that when the film’s team landed there the Police and people were quite co-operative and helped them. Whole film unit comprised of 150 people said to have moved at the hospitality of the Kashmiri people.

On the other hand, Rahman remarked, "Kashmir is a paradise and a boon to Bollywood."

‘Rockstar’ stars Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri in the lead. The film is slated for release on 8th July 2011.

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