January 2018 News

'Absence Of Cinemas Drained Film Talent In Kashmir'

28 January 2018
Rising Kashmir
Saahil Maqbool

Srinagar: For the first time in 45 years, a Kashmiri feature film, shot and produced entirely in the Kashmir region, has hit cinema halls outside Kashmir, senior correspondent, Saahil Maqbool of Kashmir Parcham - a sister publication of Rising Kashmir, profiles the Director of the film, Muhammad Hussain Khan and his reel journey. Born in summer capital Srinagar, Muhammad Hussain Khan, popularly known as 'Hussain Khan' wanted to be an actor in Mumbai. He ends up becoming a director. Khan left Kashmir and joined acting classes of Roshan Taneja in 1993, where he worked in some tele-serials but soon he developed his interest for working behind the scenes. Khan immediately joined some technical classes, where he learnt about Pre and post production work, editing and TV journalism. 'I came back to Kashmir and launched my own production house under the banner of 'Seven2 Productions,' he said. 'I made some Tele Serials and a large number of Tele Programs, which included 'Kabhi hum Khoobsurat Thay' where almost all the actors and artists belonged to Kashmir Valley' Khan told this correspondent. He said he had launched his own TV channel, with intention to promote Kashmiri culture and heritage, which worked well for some years. 'We made a number of good programs during that period but unfortunately in 2008, State Govt. passed an order to ban all local Tele channels, particularly News and current affairs programs were forbidden,' he said. 'We closed down our channel and I came back to my fiction work, starting with small films, documentaries and music albums,' he said. Khan said that he always dreamt of making a movie on Kashmir and highlight the Kashmir story. This he said was carried to utilize local infrastructure. 'We have a massive potential in this regard but the main thing was basic infrastructure and the patronage by the government which still lacks and our talent is suffering,' he said. 'Absence of Cinemas has drastically drained film talent in Kashmir,' he said. At the same time professionals can't sit behind and wait for the situation to change in our favor. 'I decided to work on Kashmir Daily which is now a reality' he said. Asked about the story plot of Kashmir Daily, Hussain Khan said 'it is about a young Kashmiri journalist, who wanted to fight against the evil with honesty and wits. He is a very resourceful person, has enough proof against the mafia and at the end of the day, it becomes a fight between good and bad and finally good wins over the bad' he said. Commenting about the current situation in Kashmir, which makes it difficult for professionals to carry out their operations, Khan said replied that it is quite difficult and we need to take care of this issue but at the same time. 'I am not at such a level, where I can do justice with it, so right now I don't want to get involved in any political controversy because it will divert me from other important issues, which have been my priority since long,' he said. 'My society needs such issues to be addressed and I am doing the same,' he said. He said It doesn't mean 'we are hiding anything from the rest of the world, we express our anger and dismay and protest about what is happening in Kashmir but in our own way' He said. While answering a question about the lack of theaters in Kashmir, Hussain said that there are so many issues, which are out of our reach and possibilities, so we cannot help that but we utilize, whatever the sources are available with us. 'Last year, we released the Kashmiri version of 'Kashmir Daily', with sponsorship of Tourism department, we arranged many shows of this movie in SKICC and now I am looking for another hall where we can show the Hindi-Urdu version' He said. Khan said that despite having a decades' old turmoil in the state, the young boys and girls have massive interest towards the films and many are doing good job in Mumbai. 'We want to bring them back to their own place, where we can utilize their abilities to produce some good movies,' he said. 'We want to tell our tales, stories, spread our culture, heritage and the film is the only powerful medium in this regard. If we are not allowing films from outside, we can make our own regional film industry and produce good films but it is possible only if the state government provides us enough infrastructure and support' he added. Asked about his next movie, Khan said 'We are working on our new project know as Bed Number 17. it is a movie about the drug mafia and we are expecting its release by the end of this year,' he said.