Srinagar: Braving sub-zero temperatures, a South Indian film crew began filming a film around the picturesque Ural Lake, Asia’s second largest freshwater lake, in Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
This will be the first film to be shot on the lake after the new cinema policy has been implemented in Kashmir.
Directed by Aditya Suhas, the film is based in Kashmir, where the majority of filming takes place in Balamulla, with some scenes shot here in Zurimandu, a village on the edge of Lake Ulla.
Aditya news agency KNO quoted a report saying, “This lake is so beautiful. I am in awe of the beauty and tranquility of this lake. I am honored to be able to film a part of this film here.” I think this is the first time a South Indian film has been shot in Woolah and I really look forward to seeing more filmmakers explore this place.”
Thanking the locals, Aditya said: Working in this sub-zero temperature would have been a bit of a challenge, but I was comfortable. They embrace our little crew and are so passionate about filming.It’s so heartwarming to see their excitement. “
Zurimans and Bangladeshi locals are delighted with this new development in their area and hope it will bring a spotlight to an otherwise obscure area.
“I really appreciate this crew for being here. I hope other filmmakers will follow suit and shoot their films here. It will provide an opportunity to stand up,” said local resident Ashfaq Ahmad Bhat.
With the film being filmed in the area, locals are also hopeful that it will help drive development projects in the area.
“If this area is fully developed, it will automatically attract filmmakers and tourists. Better roads should be built to connect this area with the main towns. I hope this will help the lake become internationally famous.