J&K government cancels ‘Lamhaa’ premiere in Srinagar

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Sanjay Dutt-Bipasha Basu starrer ‘Lamhaa’ may be all set to hit the screens but all doesn’t seem to be going well for the much-awaited flick. It really came as a shock to the makers of ‘Lamhaa’, when they were denied the permission to premiere the film in Srinagar.

Reports reveal that a major chunk of the film has been shot in the Kashmir valley, which is also perhaps why producer Bunty Walia did not expect that his film would not be allowed to premiere in Srinagar.

Our source reveals that the film has been denied permission by the J&K government, who fear that the separatists may object to holding any functions for ‘Lamhaa’, a film based on the plight of Kashmiris caught in midst of the paramilitary forces and the terrorists.

Confirming the news, Walia said, “Yes, I was told by the J&K officials that they could not allow me to hold a premiere of ‘Lamhaa’ in Srinagar as they expected a backlash from the separatists.”

‘Lamhaa’ was all set to premiere at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar on July 15. A source reveals that Walia is all the more upset with the decision because he had already made grand arrangements for the event. “The director of ‘Lamhaa’, Rahul Dholakia, stayed in Srinagar for six months to work on this film. It is sad that we are not allowed to kickstart our film in Srinagar, which is a part of India. My beard has grown white while making this film. It has been an uphill task. This is definitely not done,” said Walia.