Srinagar, June 12: Prominent film celebrities will be attending the 3rd Edition of Kashmir World Film Festival (KWFF) commencing from 19th -25th June at Tagore Hall here, said a statement issued by the organizers.
The celebrities who have been locked for the festival include Tanishaa Mukerji, Rajit Kapur, Imran Khan, Raj Bhansal, Komal Nahta, Gauhar Raza, Mir Sarwar and others. The delegates are coming from the places like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Trivandrum, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Jammu and others.
Festival Director, Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan said that the preparations for the festival are going on in full swing. “All the people connected with the Kashmir World Film Festival are working day and night to complete the preparation for its 3rd edition on time,” he said.
However, the films celebrities have expressed high spirits for organizing this film festival. “I have been associated with this festival since the first edition and I will always be there. To make this festival a huge success, we need the support from so many quarters. I am very positive about the future of the festival and it has to go a long way. I see a bright future for KWFF,” said Rajit Kapur, an actor and a director.
Komal Nahta, a Bollywood trade analyst who will be visiting the valley for the first time says, “I’m excited for two main reasons – one, anything that is Films catches my fancy, and this is an entire film festival; secondly, the venue is Kashmir which, when I used to study in school, used to be referred to as ‘swarg ka kona’ ! I’ve never been to Kashmir and this festival gives me an opportunity to be there. I’m sure, festival director Mr. Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan and his team must be putting together a fantastic festival”
“It is very courageous step taken by the organizers. This film festival and the similar other festivals are the need of an hour in Kashmir. I wish this festival such a success where the international filmmakers would aspire to join it,” said Gauhar Raza, a poet and filmmaker.
“KWFF is one unique film festival, which truly gives the opportunity to the youth of Kashmir to showcase their talent and culture through art and cinema. Kashmir has abundance of raw talent which hasn’t been explored yet and I sincerely hope that our joint effort in association with KWFF gives Kashmir the global exposure and the platform to help the youth to bring out their hidden talent. I feel very privileged to be a part of this festival,” said Raj Bansal, a leading film distributor from Jaipur.
Ashok Kaul, a filmmaker from Mumbai said, “I have full faith that the KWFF will unleash the enormous talent of our youth across all the regions of our state. I congratulate the team KWFF who has worked very hard to create a beautiful horizon and hope for all the talented youth of our state through this festival”.
Bollywood actor of Kashmiri origin, Mir Sarwar said, “KWFF is a wonderful platform for the budding filmmakers of Kashmir. The best thing about the festival is that the audience and students get to see some rare films, especially world class cinema which is not easily available to us. I have great hopes from this festival”
Khan said so far they have received more than hundred films for the screening. “But we will be screening only around 45 films in the seven day film festival,” he said.
The organizers have received the films from different countries that include Italy, USA, Iran, Korea, Poland, Turkey, Japan and Nepal. The films are of different languages as well that include English, Italian, Hindi, Kashmiri, Persian, Korean, Assamese, Punjabi, Nepali, Turkish, Marathi, Japanese, Malayalam and Sindhi.
Khan said that he wants to take this festival to top ten festivals of the world. “We want to make this festival a success and want it be recognized internationally,” he said adding that “the film celebrities will be interacting with the students and film freaks during the festival and will provide them a platform to understand the cinematic culture and how the Bollywood works”
He said that he is thankful to all those who have made this festival a success for the last one year that include students, film lovers and Bollywood celebrities.
“I express my heartiest gratitude to few prominent citizens of the valley who have been kind enough to accept our request to be the part of governing council of the film festival. Those prominent citizens are Mushtaq Chaya, Zahoor Tramboo, Tariq Rasheed Ghani, Riyaz Shahdad and MLA Rafiabad Yawar Mir and few others who are not leaving any stone unturned to take this festival to the new heights,” he said.
Festival director also praised the members of the organizing committee that include Idrees Bukhtiyar, Zubair Farooq, Faisal Chaku, Pardeep Singh Dardi, Imran Bhat and Tahir Najar for working day and night for the festival.
Investigation started in Jammu cable car incident: DRIL
Srinagar, Jan 22: The investigation regarding the death of two labourers during the mock-drill of car cable accident in Jammu is underway while as the reports added that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were not followed during the mock-drill.
Two labourers died while four others sustained injuries on Sunday evening after a rescue trolley had fallen during the mock drill near the Mahamaya temple.
Talking to a local news gathering agency, Executive Vice President of Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited (DRIL) said that the investigation into the incident is going on. “Police is investigating the matter. We cannot say anything in this regard until the investigation is completed,” he added.
However, reports informed that the SOPs were not followed while conducting the mock-drill ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit for its inauguration.
It added that as per the SOPs, while performing the mock drills, the executing agency needed to inform all other agencies concerned.
“The rescue trolley involved in the incident was meant for a maximum of four people, but there were six in it. Also, all people performing the mock drill should have worn headgear and had to be hooked to the rope,” reports quoting sources said, adding that no safety guidelines were followed during the mock drill, otherwise precious lives could have been saved.
Mufti-Jagmohan camaraderie proved detrimental for Kashmir: Sagar
Srinagar, Jan 22: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Tuesday paid tributes to the victims of Gawkadal massacre saying that people have not forgotten the massacre let loose on the civilians on that day.
In a statement issued here, addressing a gathering of party functionaries, and workers of Srinagar District at party headquarter Nawa –e-Subha Srinagar, party’s General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said, “Those who are passing the blame and shedding crocodile tears now on the plight of Kashmiris are the one who actually traded the miseries of the people for grabbing power,” adding that Mufti as home minister trusted Jagmohan on kashmir, what followed is history.
Sagar in the statement said that Mufti through his nominated Governor unleashed havoc in Kashmir and that as home minister of India Mufti presided over 18 massacres in Kashmir including Mashali Mohalla massacre, Islamia college massacre, Chara- e- Sharief massacre, Shopian massacre, Pulwama, Kulgam massacre and Habbak massacre.
“Mufti-Jagmohan camaraderie proved detrimental for Kashmir, it is this camaraderie that is credited with unleashing Operation Catch and Kill, crackdowns and other human rights violations. Not just that Mufti extended draconian laws like AFSPA to Kashmir and besides that Ikhwan was also a brain child of Late Mufti Syed,” he said adding, “Continuing with their legacy of political bankruptcy Mufti’s entered into a trade policy with BJP with a sole design to destroy the respect and dignity of kashmiris.”
Sagar maintained what was left of our special status; Mufti a former lieutenant of G M Sadiq took it upon himself to destroy it. “The BJP-PDP coalition opened flood gates for all such forces as are contriving hard to harm our state’s special status.”
He said that Dr Farooq Abdullah owing to communal disposition of late Jagmohan insisted on then government at the centre not to appoint him as state’s governor. “It was late Mufti who nominated him and was instrumental in thrusting him on the state. No sooner did he become Governor, Dr. Farooq resigned as a mark of protest. What followed is written in bold red letters in the annals of history,” he said.
The meet was attended by District president Srinagar Peer Afaq, JKNC Women’s wing president Shameema Firdous, Ali Muhammad Dar, Irfan shah and others.
Sagar maintained that Mehbooba trailing her father path traded the very dignity of chief minister’s post by bald-facedly presiding over the large scale maiming, killings, blinding, nepotism, corruption, human rights violation during her stint as chief minister. “It was for the first time that people were not allowed to pray at Jamia Masid for many months altogether,” he said.
Tourism deptt organsies first road show of winter in Pune
Pune: Tourism Department in collaboration with Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Owners Federation (KHAROF) held an impressive Travel Show in Pune on Monday seeking the cooperation of the travel associations and the media from the city for the promotion of J&K tourism.
Over 150 leading tour operators from the city attended show who also interacted with the members from the KHAROF.
Former Union Minister and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh who attended the show said Kashmir has immense tourism potential and people are most peaceful and loving in nature.
“Everyone should visit J&K State and see the nature’s beauty. The beauty also lies in the hospitality of the people who are very warm and welcoming,” he said.
Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak shared her experience of visiting Kashmir.
She said she found it safest place for travellers especially for woman.
“Even if we travel in auto at late evening, we are safe as people of the Kashmir are very good in nature and they take care of the tourists very well,” she said.
She urged the travel agents from Pune to promote J&K in a big way so that the travellers from Maharashtra will also visit paradise on Earth.
Earlier, Deputy Director Tourism Kashmir Riyaz Shah gave a detailed presentation on the tourism products which Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh has to offer.
The seminar is a part of series of road shows the department is organizing to promote J&K for the travellers within and outside the country.
Shah said J&K state is diverse in every aspect – be it leisure, adventure, culture, handicraft, cuisine, landscape, religion, architecture.
“Whatever you name it, we have it. J&K is a complete package. For a traveller, he has everything to see in one state,” he said, adding, “We are home to many famous gardens and heritage sites like Pari Mahal, Hari Parbat fort, Burzuhama ruins over 3000 years old, Mubrak Mandi, Shankar Acharya temple (250 B.C.), one of the biggest sun temples in India Martand Sun temple which was built in the 8th century, the Nara Nag temple ruins, and also famous sufi Shrines like Char-i-Sharief, Mukhdoom Sahaib, Ashmukam, Khankah Mohallah and many more.”
Riyaz Shah said that lot of filmmakers from Bollywood and even South India are shooting in Kashmir and the department is facilitating their shooting permission through single window system.
“Even now Malaysian and Thai films are being shot in Kashmir,” he said.
He also invited corporate houses for conventions and meetings to J&K saying the state has finest properties to hold such events.
President KHAROF Abdul Wahid Malik in his welcome address offered discounted packages for the travellers from Maharashtra.
He said Kashmir has over 60000 bed capacity and KHAROF is one of the largest hotel associations catering to over 24000 bed capacity from budget to star category hotels.
He invited the travellers to visit Kashmir saying the place is not only most beautiful place on the Earth but safest also.
KHAROF also released its annual directory during the show.
Earlier, the Tourism Department and KHAROF addressed media in a separate press conference.
Former KHAROF President Javed Bashir Burza briefed the media about the overall tourism infrastructure development in Kashmir.
Sanjay Nahar, the founder of Sarhad, a social organization dedicated to work in border areas, was also present in the press conference who informed them about the safety of the travellers in Kashmir.
Dr Vishwas Kelkar, president, Travel Agents Association of Pune (TAAP) also spoke on the occasion.
Senior Vice President Syed Masood Ahmad Shah, Secretary General KHAROF Maqsood Misri among other office bearers also participated in the event.
Chairman Pilgrim and Leisure Tour Operators Forum Nasir Shah moderated the show. Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Alliance Manzoor Pakhtoon, Patron Association of Kashmir Tour Operators Nazir A Mir also participated in the show.