Aamir Khan's brother Faisal in Chinar-Daastaan-e-Ishq, a film on Kashmir sans violence

  • IANS, Srinagar
  • Updated: Feb 10, 2015 15:13 IST

Aamir Khan's brother Faisal Khan is all set to make a comeback on silver screen with Chinar-Daastaan-e-Ishq, the first Bollywood movie in 15 years that aims at portraying Jammu and Kashmir without violence.

Based on the novel Jheel Jalti Hai (Lake is on fire) written by retired civil servant Renzu Shah, Chinar-Daastaan-e-Ishq is slated for release in May. Faisal plays the main character Jamal in the movie.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar on Monday, Faisal Khan said, "I had bid goodbye to acting, but I found the script of Chinar-Daastaan-e-Ishq so compelling that I decided to act in it. "Working as 'Jamal' was the main challenge as the entire story revolves around this character. In the movie, 'Jamal' is hanged, but he continues to be the hero because sincerity is fundamental to his emotional and apparently repulsive character," he said.

Renzu Shah said the movie is the first to be based on the state in the last 25 years that does not depict violence in any form. "It (movie) is about the culture, beauty and life of Kashmir as seen through the characters of the novel," Renzu Shah said.

"Our family has made great contributions to Bollywood. My father Tahir Hussain and my uncle Nasir Hussain produced many superhits in early 70s. Major portions of those movies were shot in Kashmir like Karwaan, Anamika, Hamara Khandan, Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Hum Kisise Kum Nahin, Yaadon Ki Baarat, and Teesri Manzil. These inspired me since my childhood to shot in Kashmir," Faisal said.

Faisal Khan complimented writer Renzu Shah, producer Rajesh Jain and director Sharik Minhaj. "Movie Chinar-Daastaan-e-Ishq, I confidently tell you is one of the most effective, heart-rending stories which covers all the facets of Kashmir," he said.

Renzu Shah added that he suggested the change in the name of the movie from Aatish (Fire) to Chinar-Daastaan-e-Ishq which according to him has a soothing effect.

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