New Delhi, July 25: Over the years, a number of films have ridden the Bollywood bandwagon claiming to depict life in strife-torn Kashmir.
Some like Mani Ratnam's 'Roja' have even gone on to garner awards and critical acclaim. Director Shoojit Sircar's 'Yahaan', set for release on July 29, too is trying to cash in on the subject with a glimpse of virgin locales in Kashmir, which were left untouched by Indian filmmakers till now.
"'Yahaan' is the first ever movie made in never-before-seen locations in the state. The film was shot in places like Habakdal and Tanhipura where no movie had been made before. These are places outsiders are hardly aware of," claims Sircar.
"Though we never had to face any dangerous situation, there was always the shadow of bullets hanging over us. I even used guerrilla style of shooting the film using autorickshaws to travel from place to place," Sircar said.
Set in the Kashmir Valley, 'Yahaan' is the story of a Indian army captain (Jimmy Shergill) who falls in love with a Kashmiri Muslim girl (newcomer Minissha Lamba). The film explores how the two lovers get caught up in the crossfire between the army and a militant group headed by the girl's brother.
Sircar bagged a special jury prize for 'Yahaan' at the Osian's Cinefan Film Festival awards ceremony last night.