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Happy to promote Welcome to Karachi in Kashmir: Vashu Bhagnani

Vashu Bhagnani

Srinagar: Bollywood film producer Vashu Bhagnani today kick-started promotions of his film “Welcome to Karachi” from Kashmir — a place which does not have operational movie theatres.

“We are happy to promote our movie from Kashmir. No one has thought of it before,” Bhagnani told reporters.

The producer, whose son Jacky Bhagnani is starring in the movie alongside Arshad Warsi and Lauren Gotlieb, said he would be discussing with Jammu and Kashmir government officials on making at least four cinema theatres functional in the valley.

“At present, we are looking at four theatres. We will discuss with the state government the possibility of tying up with renowned multiplex chains of the country for operations,” he said when asked about lack of functional movie theatres in the valley.

Movie theatres in Kashmir were shut down following eruption of militancy in Kashmir in 1989 and efforts to revive these in late 1990s and early 2000s did not succeed due to attacks by militants.

Jacky, who has earlier starred in movies like “Kal Kissne Dekha”, “F.A.L.T.U.”, “Rangrezz” and “Youngistaan”, said he hoped that the upcoming venture is a success.

“We hope ‘Welcome to Karachi’ does well so that we can go on to make Welcome to Beijing and Welcome to Rio,” the junior Bhagnani said.

He said he was hopeful that the theatres in Kashmir will open again and local youths can also get work in the film industry.

“Our aim is to engage with the people, engage with the youth,” Bhagnani said adding Kashmir valley was 10 times more beautiful than what he had imagined.

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