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Kashmir in grey!


WITH REALISM becoming a major ingredient of Bollywood tales, contemporary issues are dealt with with amazing regularity. This time it's Kashmir and the tale is Yahaan. "It's the story of a Kashmir girl who falls in love with an Indian Army captain. Terrorism acts as the background," says adman-turned-director Shoojit Sircar. What's novel here is the presentation. "We have used guerrilla techniques to shoot the film. I wanted a realistic tone. So we shot in downtown Srinagar with a hand-held camera. Sometimes we got cover from the forces but at times we were alone in the so-called infested areas."

Real Kashmir

Shoojit says he has used a matted cold grey look in the visuals of the romantic passes, Dal Lake and the lanes of Srinagar. "We have seen Kashmir in bright colours in cinema. However, Kashmir should be captured in winter when the persistent fog gives the entire valley a grey look."

We have also seen Rakesh Mehras from the same advertisement fraternity with products like Aks where the keenness on specifics is as obvious as the loose grip on the basics of the script. Shoojit, who till date is better known for directing Amitabh Bachchan eating Cadbury's and Sachin Tendulkar playing football in rain for Airtel, defends, "My product has a sound script. I have tried to capture how the common man is reacting to insurgency." Shoojit says his is not a big budget venture. Slated for a January release, Yahaan pairs Jimmy Shergill with a newcomer from Delhi. Isn't Jimmy a soft choice for an Army captain? "You will see a different Jimmy here. I have changed his appearance. He is hard working and fits the bill. As for the new find Minesha, though a Delhi-ite, she has the looks of a typical Kashmiri girl. I put her under training at N. K. Sharma's Act One for some time."

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