Reyaz Rashid

Kashmir is ideal place for film projects: Bollywood celebrities

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Uri: Film celebrities Vickey Kaushal and Sonali Chauhan, who attended the “Umeed Ki Sehar”, a cultural event organised by Indian Army in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Sunday, termed Kashmir as ideal place for Bollywood projects.

Appreciating the role of Army for providing the locals an opportunity to showcase their talent, Kaushal and Chauhan said that they were extremely happy to be in Kashmir as it was their first opportunity to be with the people of Kashmir.

Vickey Kaushal said that when Anil Kapoor came to know that he was going to Kashmir, he (Anil Kapoor) asked him to take him along. He said every actor looks for an opportunity to visit Kashmir.

“As and when someone arrives in Kashmir, he or she never wants to leave this beautiful place,” he said.

Sonali Chauhan while addressing the gathering said that it was impossible to describe Kashmir’s beauty in words.

She told reporters on the sidelines of the event that it was an honor to be in Kashmir.

“I hope that I will be coming to Kashmir very often. There is a lot of local talent here which I got to witness for the very first time,” she said

While appreciating the beauty of Kashmir, Chauhan said that her first movie was ‘Jannat’ but it’s for the first time she witnessed ‘Jannat’ (paradise) in real.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters on the sidelines of the event, General Officer Commanding (GOC), Dagger Division, Varinder Vats said that organising an event like “Umeed Ki Sehar” was a long-pending demand of the locals of Uri as no such program was organised here until now.

He thanked the local population for the cooperation that led to the success of the event.

He said that this is a remote tehsil and the local talent here somehow remains deprived in the absence of a platform to showcase it.

The GOC said that the two promising stars decided to come to Uri for the first time and it’s for the first time that any Bollywood celebrity has visited here. “Both actors will inspire the youth here,” he said.

The GOC also said that more such events will be organised in the times to come.

Army had organised a cultural event ‘Umeed Ki Sehar’ where local artists showcased their talent and the students of Army Goodwill School were also felicitated at the event.

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