Kashmiri Born Actor favours Army withdrawal; Praises locals to help flood effected people



Srinagar: Kashmiri-born actor Rahul Bhatt, who will be seen in the upcoming Bollywood romantic flick ‘Fitoor’, Monday, said that Army should be withdrawn from public places in the valley.

Addressing media persons at Nigeen Club here, he said that the presence of army in Valley is giving the sense of ‘conflict zone’ in this part of country.

“Kashmir is peaceful and beautiful. I don’t see here (Kashmir) any signs or symbols that would make a person feel that he is in ‘conflict zone.’ However, the presence of Army at various places gives you a sense that you are walking in a ‘conflict zone,” said Bhatt, adding, “Army should be withdrawn from public places in the valley.”


The native of Vichar Nag in summer capital, Srinagar, Bhatt has spent 12 years of his childhood in Kashmir before moving to Mumbai.

“Muslims in Kashmir have suffered more than the Kashmiri Pandits. Kashmiri Pandits are settled in other states and are living good. I don’t think they need or would like to return back to valley. However, I know in case they return, locals here are eager and ready to embrace them with love, dignity and honour,” he said while replying to a query.

Last year, the actor was seen on the big screen with Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Ugly’.

Bhatt, who became popular with a lead role in TV series ‘Heena’, tried his luck at films with duds like ‘Yeh Mohabbat Hai’ and ‘Nayee Padosan’.

But now he’s hoping for a new lease of life in filmdom with Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Fitoor’ which is starring Rekha, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Aditi Rao and Akshay Obero, while Ajay Devgan is appeararing in a cameo role.