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Shahid Kapoor’s Haider face protests in Kashmir,shooting stopped

Students objected to hoisting of the national flag atop a make shift bunker on the sets of 'Haider'.

Written by PTI | Srinagar |
November 25, 2013 2:46:21 pm

Director Vishal Bhardwaj had to cut short the shooting of Shahid Kapoor starrer ‘Haider’ inside the Kashmir University at Hazratbal here following protests by students inside the campus.

The film crew,which has been shooting for ‘Haider’ in Kashmir for the past nearly two weeks,had to pack up after the students living in the on-campus hostels objected to hoisting of the national tri-colour atop a make shift bunker yesterday,official sources said.

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They said police,deployed for security of the film crew,chased away the protesters but the shooting could not proceed further.

Two students were briefly detained by police but were released later following intervention by the university authorities.

Kashmir University Students’ Union,which has been banned by the varsity authorities,in a statement condemned the use of force against the students for protesting against the film crew.

“Students also objected to Irrfan,one of the actors,when he was spotted smoking inside the smoke free campus,” the union said.

Bhardwaj is shooting for ‘Haider’,starring Shahid ,Irrfan Khan and Shraddha Kapoor,since November 8. The movie is an adaption of Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet and is set in Kashmir valley.

The director,who has earlier made ‘Kaminey’ with Shahid,spent more than a week in rural Kashmir in September this year to get a feel of life in the area.

Bollywood has returned to Kashmir over the past decade as the situation started improving in the valley. Yash Chopra shot large parts of his last movie – ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’,starring Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.

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