Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, March 28: Youth in the Valley are now trying to make their presence felt on the silver screen. In the last two years, many young faces have made their debut in movies like Neerja and Fitoor.
Though the journey for these young actors has not been easy, their experience has been amazing.
Abrar Zahoor, 27, from the old city’s Hawal area, who spent eight years in modelling, made his debut in the recently released movie Neerja.
Abrar lived in Kashmir till Class X and moved to Chennai and studied there after that. During his study years, he took part in school’s fashion shows. That’s how it all started.
Playing the role of a terrorist in the movie was difficult and required a lot of training and hard work. “The role was challenging. I had to learn Arabic and put on 10 kg for the movie,” Abrar said.
He also said that People in Kashmir have a lot of talent, but they need to come out and explore.
Girls from the Valley are equally making their presence felt in the Bollywood. Zaira Wasim, 15, who hails from old Srinagar, landed a role in Aamir Khan’s upcoming movie Dangal.
She got the chance of working in Dangal through auditions that were held in Mumbai. After returning to the Valley, there was a bit of fear in her mind about society’s reaction. However, she said she was happy after getting a lot of appreciation from her family, friends and neighbours.
Fitoor, which is based on Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations and was shot in Kashmir, has featured many fresh faces from the Valley. Rayes Mohiuddin (30), who hails from Abhama, a village in south Kashmir, played the role of Aditya Roy Kapoor’s brother Junaid in the movie.
Rayes said that, it was a proud moment for him to represent Kashmir and getting experience with all the professionals around. “In Kashmir people don’t get a platform to show their talent. For me, it was a dream come true,” he added.