The movie which has been extensively shot in Kashmir will not be premiered in Srinagar. The film has been denied permission by the J&K government because of the fear that separatists may object to holding any functions in aid of Lamhaa.
The film that stars Sanjay Dutt and Bipasha Basu is about the plight of Kashmiris caught in midst of the paramilitary forces and the separatists.
Producer Bunty Walia confirms the news to Mumbai Mirror, "Yes, I was told by the J&K officials that they could not allow me to hold a premiere of Lamhaa in Srinagar as they expected a backlash from the separatists.”
Walia had made all the arrangements for a grand premiere at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar on July 15. The cast and the crew of Lamhaa were told to pack their bags and get ready for the event.
Upset with the turn of event, Walia says, “The director of Lamhaa, Rahul Dholakia, stayed in Srinagar for six months to work on this film. It is sad that we are not allowed to kickstart our film in Srinagar, which is a part of India. My beard has grown white while making this film. It has been an uphill task. This is definitely not done.”