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Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan interacts with news photographers during a news conference in Srinagar September 6, 2012. Khan addressed a news conference on Thursday in Srinagar at the end of nearly two weeks shooting for an untitled movie at Kashmir's scenic locations. — Photo by Reuters
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan interacts with news photographers during a news conference in Srinagar September 6, 2012. Khan addressed a news conference on Thursday in Srinagar at the end of nearly two weeks shooting for an untitled movie at Kashmir's scenic locations. — Photo by Reuters

Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan, who wrapped up a nine-day shooting for a film in Kashmir, has expressed hope that his film will help bring back filmmakers to the valley, according to a report in the Times of India.

Khan was working on an untitled Yash Chopra film, which was widely shot in Kashmir.

“I am not so big but when people see the film made by a big banner with big names associated with it, people will come. I am hopeful of that,” Khan told the media before heading back to Mumbai.

The Bollywood superstar said he hoped more filmmakers will shoot at the venue which was once hugely popular, before the region was hit by conflict between the Kashmiri locals and the Indian government.

“Any aspect that is geographical, ideological or political, the reason I won’t comment on it in depth is that my knowledge is lacking. The biggest issue we have is that when people talk about things they don’t know,” Khan said, when asked about negative portrayal of Kashmir in Bollywood films

The actor said it is the filmmaker who finally decides the story to be conveyed through his movie.

On the negative portrayal of Muslims in some movies, the actor said his film ‘My Name Is Khan’ was an attempt to clear the misgiving about Islam and Muslims around the world.

“There are some people from our community who do wrong but that does not mean Islam or Muslims are wrong,” he added.

Talking about his maiden visit to Kashmir and the movie, Khan said the film is a story about eternal love.

Shah Rukh said that his Kashmir visit was long due. “It was a dream to come to Kashmir. My grandmother was from here and my father was very keen to bring me here. He died when I was just 15 so I was a bit sad to come here without him. People here have been very kind, patient and wonderful to me,” he said.

The film, which is yet to get a title, marks Yash Chopra’s return to Kashmir after a gap of almost three decades. He last shot Kabhie Kabhie and Silsila in the Valley.

Upon leaving Kashmir, Khan posted on Twitter: “Leaving Pahalgham. Learnt l?fe’s lesson in my forefathers land. Only beauty is not enuff u gotta be tough too to survive. I will be Insha Allah”

By arrangement with the Times of India.

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akum
Sep 07, 2012 10:21pm
Yes, when things are not working out for you, you will change and become wise.
shehzad
Sep 07, 2012 03:42pm
I wish he leave this Bollywood and join the field of daawa .
umar
Sep 08, 2012 07:05am
This man is gem.. love u shah rukh bhai:)
Mohammad Ali Gaad
Sep 08, 2012 05:29am
This movies is going to hit all, hope that it will be best.
Hassan
Sep 07, 2012 05:59am
wow...this last line is something new coming from shahrukh khan.. indeed your a changed man mr khan. God Bless you
Gaurav
Sep 07, 2012 04:22pm
Looks better in new get up.