The flood in Kashmir is not going to deter away ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ director Kabir Khan and his actors Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The cast and crew of the film have decided to go ahead with shooting of their film in the valley.
According to a report published in Times of India, Kabir Khan is to fly out to Kashmir on April 8 for 40 days. His actors will follow him at different stages during the shoot.
The director dismissed the talk of inclement weather and said, “The skies are clearing up. And if the weather does get bad, we’ll delay the shoot by four-five days, it can’t last for a month-and-a-half. It takes time to set up and I’m not going to relocate. Of course, if there are floods again we won’t be able to shoot.”
As per the reports, the local-line producer has assured Kabir that the situation on the ground is under control. He said that people are scared because of the last year’s floods and are over-reacting and that the media is adding to the fear psychosis.
“If tourists shy away and producers who wanted to shoot their films in the valley, change their plans, it will hurt the poor locals,” he added.Two floods within 12 months in the valley have affected tourism in the state severely.
Reportedly, the locals have been looking forward to Salman Khan’s visit for months because a big Bollywood star like him can give tourism a boost.
“Not just Salman, it’s time for film business to return to Kashmir,” said Kabir.Kabir shot his film ‘Phantom’ in Pahalgam earlier with Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif.