Omar Abdullah, the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir has welcomed Vishal Bharadwaj with open arms to shoot the last of his Shakespear Trilogy, ‘Hyder’ in the valley, but before that the CM has requested an assurance from the director that the state would not be show-cased in bad light in the film.
Elaborating on his meeting with the CM, Bhardwaj said, “Omar Abdullah told me that he is a big fan of ‘Maqbool’ and ‘Omkara’ and would love to see the last part of the trilogy be set in Kashmir. He said we can call him if we need any help. His only concern was we shouldn’t end up doing something similar to what the makers of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ did. I have assured him that Hyder will be about the people of the Valley.”
Bhardwaj said that his adaptation of the trilpgy will be a human-interest story which is set in the backdrop of the present day Kashmir. “Every character is Kashmiri in my film. It is the story of the people of Kashmir–both in period and present.”
While many filmmakers restrict their shoots to the scenic locations of the valley, but Bhardwaj is planning to construct a set, creating employment opportunities for the locals. Apart from Shahid Kapoor, Shradha Kapoor and Tabu, the rest of the actors will also be Kashmiris. The film will be shot in two schedules—one in autumn and the other in summer.