The Valley is a goldmine, a treasure box, says Mahesh Bhatt
Film-maker Mahesh Bhatt on Friday described Kashmir as “a goldmine and a treasure” and said it was time to clear the misconception that the Valley was a troubled zone. He urged filmmakers to shoot more in the picturesque State, which reigned supreme till a bruising insurgency broke out in the late 1980s.
Kashmir was once Bollywood’s favourite shooting destination and the industry needed to return to the Valley, said Mr. Bhatt, actor Deepti Naval and Kashmir tourism director Talat Parvez at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Tourism Summit here.
“It is a monumental tragedy that we don’t think of going to Kashmir. We need to remove the misconception from people’s mind that it is a troubled zone. Kashmir is a goldmine, a treasure box and we don’t use it. Instead, we go abroad because of our misconceptions,” he said.
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