SRINAGAR: Now, South India filmmakers are bee-lining Kashmir. In the last few months, more than fifteen south film units have shot in Kashmir, people associated with the industry said.
Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar shot for the film James in February 2021. South film actress Priyamani’s team shot last month in remote areas of Doodhpathri with newcomers Kiara and Sonal.
Another Kannada actor Rakshit Shetty shot for film 777 Charlie in November 2020. Another Malayalam film Janeman was shot in December 2019 at various locations in Kashmir. Renowned Telugu film star Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas and Nabha Natesh shot for a film in January 2021, also.
“The shooting experience for James with Puneeth Rajkumar has been exhilarating and we enjoyed shooting in Kashmir,” Chethan Kumar, director of the film James was quoted saying by a local associate that takes care of the crews in Kashmir.
Top cinematographer and filmmaker Ravi Varman who had shot in Kashmir for the film Kaattru Veliyidai has said, “Kashmir is one of the most beautiful places in our country. Kashmiris are very friendly and they are like south Indians a lot.”
South film actor and comedian known for his comic expressions Ali Basha, who was recently shooting for a Telugu song in Kashmir said: “The south film Industry should make a comeback to the enchanting valley for the shootings.”
Khawar Jamsheed, a film line producer in the valley said that they have been receiving a number of queries from the south film Industry. “Besides Bollywood, stars of the south films want to shoot here and we are making every effort for their smooth shootings,” he said.
Shah Faisal Khan of the Roaring Lions Production, a line producer in Kashmir said they have wrapped two south film shoots recently. “More such projects are in the pipeline,” he said.