Srinagar, Aug 18: Bollywood actor John Abraham today asked the Bollywood to not only portray the beauty but also positive aspect of Kashmir. He said that Kashmir is one of the most beautiful places in the world, which needs to be presented in a positive colour.
The Bollywood actor is shooting here at Gulmarg for an espionage thriller RAW. He told reporters that the industry must promote the rich culture and hospitality of Kashmir. He urged the countrymen to visit Kashmir to enjoy its mesmerizing beauty and brush aside negative perception that has been created among the people outside.
He said that Kashmir is safe place for tourists and they should come in to enjoy its beauty. “People think that Kashmir is not a safe place to visit. But I am in Gulmarg right now and enjoying its beauty. It is a wonderful place and absolutely fantastic one. Every tourist should visit this place, enjoy its beauty and also promote this heaven on earth,” he said.
The film actor said it is the responsibility of the filmmakers to promote this place as destination. “I am also producer and have produced films in the past. I will start from myself. I will make sure Kashmir is shown in a positive light and that is my responsibility. I will also make sure that film industry presents Kashmir the way Kashmir it needs to be presented to the world”, he added.
Abraham, however, expressed dismay over the massive deforestation that has taken place in the Valley saying that he wanted to participate in the plantation drive to send a message that preserving forests and environment is very important. “It is important to plant trees and make this place more beautiful”, he said.
The actor also planted a tree near St Marry’s Church Gulmarg as a message to his fans that we should plant more and more trees so as to make up for the damage done by deforestation.
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Abraham suggested need to improve the basic infrastructure of the place as there is a scope for upgrading of tourism related infrastructure especially road connectivity.
Director Tourism Kashmir Tasaduq Jeelani, who also participated in the plantation drive with the actor, said the Department is trying to attract more filmmakers to Kashmir to dispel the negative perception and to promote Kashmir as choicest destination for filmmaking. He also assured that the Tourism Department will not only ensure single window clearance for permission of films but will facilitate every tourist visiting the State.
Jeelani reiterated that the Department should focus on creation of wayside facilities enroute to major tourist destinations for ensuring hassle free travel experience to the tourists. He informed that the Department has been receiving continuous requests from filmmakers for grant of permission to shoot films in the Valley, which is very encouraging sign for the tourism sector.