There is good news for Kashmiri artists. Actor-Director Sanjay Khan has promised to introduce them to Mumbai film industry. Khan was extremely impressed by the talent and genius of Kashmiri artists during a function at SKICC in Srinagar on Saturday. The function was organised by Srinagar Doordarshan to honour top four of its hugely popular musical reality show 'Millay Sur'.
On the pattern of Sony Television's Indian Idol, 'Millay Sur'-an in-house production of Srinagar Doordarshan Kendra ran on TV screen in Kashmir for 10 months with initial participation of 280 contenders. Beamed on Satellite TV-Kashmir channel, the show was popular with viewers in and abroad as well. "We used to get telephonic appreciations from viewers in Pakistan and Gulf countries as well", says Jagdeep Singh, producer of the programme.
Sanjay Khan had to walk down a long distance from Mumbai to Srinagar to be the Guest of Honour at the award distribution ceremony of the programme. He was so mesmerized by the performance of the artists that he ranked them no less than the senior artists in Bollywood. "You are at very young age but you posses the class and flair of full-grown and experienced artists", Sanjay Khan told them. "I will use all my resources to introduce you to the Mumbai film industry", he said.
Shameema Azad, wife of chief minister Ghulam Nabbi Azad and a singer of national fame was somewhat more forthright. She said that Kashmiri artists matched the talent of Shah Rukh Khan, Amir Khan and Salman Khan. "They only needed to be encouraged", Shameema, who was Chief Guest in the function said. Both Khan and Shameema showered praise on Doordarshan for discovering the Kashmiri talent.
Srinagar Doordarshan is only third-after Delhi and Mumbai-to have been set up in the country in 1973 but it is for the first time that it has come into the reckoning somewhere. Earlier Kendra had only been known for soaps and prolonged family dramas. But the times seem to have changed for it now. The buzzword today is reality shows.
Besides musical reality show, live interactive shows on public grievances, education, health and cultural heritage have given a new image to the Doordarshan. What makes these shows more meaningful is that they entail direct interaction between administration and common people.
Buoyed over the praise showered on Doordarshan, Shahzadi Simon, director said that the interactive shows related to culture, heritage and to the issues confronting common people in daily life, which would remain 'our' thrust areas in programme structure. "We are holders of great cultural heritage. This needs to be explored for our present and future generations", she said.