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Omar Abdullah to make Bollywood debut

entertainment Updated: Jun 06, 2008 02:51 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi
Hindustan Times
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The scion of the first political family of Kashmir, National Conference president Omar Abdullah, is all set for his Bollywood debut in Mission Istanbul. It’s a first ever for any politician from the Valley.

Omar says “I have played myself in the movie”, which stars Sunil Shetty, Vivek Oberoi and Zayed Khan. The movie is based on terrorism, in which Omar talks about the ill effects of terror and its reflections on the Valley, which has had its own tryst with bloodshed for nearly two decades.

Omar, who survived countless assassination attempts, talks about how global terrorism at this point of time is “dangerous for Kashmir” where normalcy is returning. “I have given an interview in the movie reflecting on the dangers of terrorism, particularly in reference to Kashmir,” Omar told Hindustan Times.

Omar pulls up the media in the movie saying, “You don’t see anything good happening in Kashmir; all you report is death and destruction.”

Omar is eagerly waiting to see himself on the big screen. He agreed to “act” in the movie as a favour to his school friend.

Mission Istanbul is a mix of violence, politics and terrorism, and is scheduled to be released next month.