You could say it got away in the nick of time. Mahesh Babu’s next project Sarileru Neekevvaru was shot in July in Kashmir.
“We wrapped up the Kashmir schedule just days before Article 370 was scrapped. God knows what the situation is in the Valley now.I hope the people are safe. The Kashmiris are such lovely gracious warm and hospitable people,” says Mahesh Babu’s better-half Namrata Shirodkarwho had joined her husband with their two children during his Kashmir schedule of Sarileru Neekevvaru.
“In fact we celebrated our daughter Sitara’s birthday in Kashmir. Those days that I spent in Kashmir with Mahesh and the children were sheer magic. I will never forget them. We’re planning another holiday, this time without work, in Kashmir as soon the situation normalizes there, “ says Namrata.
She rates Kashmir as her favourite holiday spot. “I was stunned by the natural beauty of the Valley. Kashmir beats the Swiss Alps by a wide margin.In fact Kashmir is more beautiful than any luxury destination that I’ve visited. Why do we go the the Alps and Gstaad to enjoy mountain and snow? There’s no place as beautiful as Kashmir anywhere in the world. No wonder a poet described it as heaven on earth. It is! There’s no exaggeration in that description.”
Namrata wishes communication and transportation into the Valley would get better. “It is really unfortunate that so far our accessibility into Kashmir was curtailed and limited. Would you believe I had never been to Kashmir until my husband shot for Sarileru Neekevvaru . Not even to shoot any of my own films.Now I want to go back again with Mahesh and the children as soon as possible.”
Sarileru Neekevvaru would probably be the last film to be shot in Kashmir for while.
Says Namrata, “That seems sadly true. I remember so many lovely films were shot in Kashmir , right from Kashmir Ki Kali to Mission Kashmir and even recently Raazi. Mahesh shot for the film in Kashmir without any disturbance whatsoever. The entire security infrastructure and the local people co-operated fully and ensured the shooting went smoothly.We need to return to Kashmir and show the world it is still paradise on earth minus the sound of gun shots and explosions.”