Bollywood should return to Kashmir: Aamir Khan

Srinagar, Feb 11 (Calcutta Tube / IBNS): After the movie “Mann”, Bollywood star Aamir Khan is again in Kashmir, enjoying the natural beauty of the “Paradise on Earth” and hoping that Bollywood returns to the Valley once again like the good old days.

The Bollywood actor arrived in Srinagar on Wednesday and visited the famous floating vegetable gardens in Dal Lake.

He also visited many other places including the world famous tourist resort Sonamarg, Gund, Memer and Kangan.

He was welcomed and cheered by his hundreds of fans at many places.

While talking to reporters in Srinagar, Amir said that he feels on moon whenever he visits Kashmir.

”Kashmir is a paradise and I love to be here. It’s a perfect place to shoot and its natural beauty acts as natural sets for the Bollywood film makers.” Amir Khan said.

The Bollywood actor said he hopes filmmakers return here “like the good old times”.

”There was a time when almost all the movies of Bollywood were shot in the Valley. I hope that time has come and I wish more and more film makers start visiting Kashmir to shoot their movies. Kashmir is really a paradise and there is no need to visit any other place when you visit Kashmir,” Amir Khan told IBNS at a hotel.

Amir Khan was all praise for the people of Kashmir valley.

”People of Kashmir are really nice. I was impressed with their hospitality and the way they treat the out siders”.

He said that he is back in Kashmir after a decade.

“Last time I came here was to shoot `Mann` (1999). The place is wonderful, the people are nice and hospitable,” Aamir said.

“I wish and hope Bollywood starts shooting films here like the good old times. My uncle (filmmaker Nasir Husain) used to shoot his films in Kashmir,” he added.

Some parts of his hit movie “Three Idiots” were shot in Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir.

Aamir Khan said that he felt sorry for not visiting Kashmir Valley when he was shooting for the movie “3 Idiots” in Ladakh.

“We went directly to Leh to shoot `3 Idiots` and I did not get an opportunity to visit the valley that time,” said the vetern 46 year-old actor.

Aamir said he has not come to shoot here for any movie.

“I am on personal visit to enjoy the beauty of Kashmir. I am on a pleasure trip here and I want to visit all the famous tourist resorts of Kashmir including the famous Dal Lake.”

Sources said that Aamir had shot an ad film for Incredible India in Kashmir though he did not divulge any information about it.

Last year Ranbir Kapoor was spotted in Kashmir where his moive “Rock Star” was shot.

– Neyaz Elahi

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