Kashmir is one of the places in India which comes to our mind when we think of romance and beauty. Our film industry has been in love with this 'Paradise on Earth' since decades and captured beautiful scenic locations in the camera to portray romance on the celluloid.
Be it the famous Dal Lake, snowfall or the Chinar trees, Kashmir is the most popular destination for tourists as well as the Bollywood. We have seen many actors romancing on 'shikaras' in the famous Dal lake and the valley of flowers, but increasing militancy forced the filmmakers to shift their focus from the valley in the past two decades.
Shooting in Kashmir was much safer and easier before 1980's but fears of terrorists almost stopped the filmmakers as well as movie stars from coming to this lovely place. Terrorism and militancy bought an economic setback for the valley as the filmmakers used to feel insecure, but now the film stars are daring to return to the valley. With the passage of time things have changed.
Earlier, the filmmakers used to showcase the romance and the beauty of Kashmir, but now the audiences get connected to the people of Kashmir as the films today showcases the difficult life of the Kashmir valley. Films like Mission Kashmir and Roja mainly focused on the terrorism, the main reason for neglect of the Kashmir valley.
Young filmmakers are also preferring to shoot on the beautiful locations of Kashmir and hence the audience is once again getting a chance to witness the beauty of this 'Paradise on Earth' on the silver screen.
Click below to watch the films which showcased the beauty of Kashmir valley.
Kashmir Ki Kali
After romancing Saira Banu couple of year back, veteran actor Shammi Kapoor was seen romancing actress Sharmila Tagore in the valley. The film was directed by Shakti Samantha and was released in the year 1964.
Actor Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta and Sanjay Dutt played the lead roles in the movie. This Vidhu Vinod Chopra film too showed the influence of militancy in the Valley. Film was released in the year 2000.
Saat Khoon Maaf
Actress Priyanka Chopra romanced with Irrfan Khan on the beautiful locations of Kashmir like Gulmarg, Jallani House and Shalimar Garden. It was a black comedy film written and directed by Vishal Bharadwaj. Film was released in 2011.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan
Superstar Shahrukh Khan finally completed his dream of shooting in the Kashmir valley with film produced under Yash Raj banner. Late filmmaker Yash Chopra's last film in the valley was shot nearly 37 years after he directed Amitabh-Rekha starrer Kabhie Kabhie.
Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
Few parts of the film were shot in Gulmarg, but were shown as the location of Manali. This made the CM of Jammu & Kashmir express his displeasure with the producers. Film was the blockbuster of the year 2013.
Student Of The Year
Song 'Ishq Vala Love' from this Karan Johar film was extensively shot in the Kashmir valley. Actor Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra made their debuts with this film in the year 2012.
Felling in love with the landscapes of Kashmir while shooting for Rockstar, director Imtiaz Ali again returned to the valley to shoot his another directorial venture 'Highway'. Highway featured actress Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda in the main roles. The film was released early this year.
Shahid Kapoor's upcoming film Haider is also widely shot in the Kashmir valley. Actress Shraddha Kapoor will be seen romancing Shahid in the film. Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj, the film is scheduled to release on 2nd October this year.
Film was a political romantic drama which features actor Arvind Swamy and Madhu in the lead role. Film was written and directed by Mani Ratnam and was released in 1992.
Actress Nargis Fakhri played the role of a Kashmiri girl in her debut film Rockstar. The audience enjoyed the typical Kashmiri Pundits wedding in the film which was directed by Imtiaz Ali. The actress was paired opposite actor Ranbir Kapoor. Rockstar was also released in the year 2011.