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Promo of first Kashmiri feature film

Srinagar: The promo of the first-ever international feature-length film of Kashmir “Khudi” was screened here by Experimental Moving Images and Theatre Association (XMITA), on December 7. The film directed by Ali Emran Kureshi is a loose adaptation of a novel, The Fontainhead, by Ayn Rand. “The film is two-hour long in Urdu and 90 minute in the English version”, says Kureshi, adding “it took four years from reading a novel to completion of the film”. The director stated, “By way of symbolic portrayals, film tries to generate hope and celebrates honesty and truth”. He informed that press premier of film would be done in New Delhi followed by world premier. In Kashmir, it would be screened in May, 2011. He added “it was a dream to have cast senior actors. Adapting a novel to film is a tough job. I have played with narrations. At times, I have broken cinematic and thematic rules”. “It was a new experience to work with a young director, Kureshi”, says Zameer Ashai, renowned actor, adding “there is no shortage of talent here but there is lack of marketing and financial support for films in Kashmir”. “Presenting Kashmir in visual media is a crucial thing. Kashmir is known in film world via film industry but that ended, later. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do justice to the story via visual art”, says Saleem Beg, convenor Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH- Kashmir chapter).

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2011 on page no. 22

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