Shooting of bollywood flick Lamhaa, starring Sanjay Dutt and Bipasa Basu, which was stalled last year due to protest by the local residents, is likely to resume within a few days.
"Some of the cast and crew of the film like Sanjay Dutt have already arrived and other members of the unit, including its director Rahul Dholakia, are likely to reach today," sources said.
The movie landed in a controversy in October last year, after locals residents, who feared that Lamhaa would portray Kashmir in a bad light internationally, launched an agitation and disrupted its shooting twice.
"Kashmir is the paradise on the Earth. I have a special emotional attachment with the land and the people here as my father and Mother shot films in Kashmir in the past," Dutt told reporters here.
The actor, who has been named as a candidate for Lucknow parliamentary seat by Samajwadi Party, said that a week-long shooting schedule will begin as soon as the director Rahul Dholakia along with other members of the unit reach here.
The film is likely to be picturised at famous tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
Shooting for Lamhaa was stalled last year following protests by the locals at some places.
First, traders disrupted the shooting at the fruit market at Parimpora. Later, students of a college in Anantnag took exception to some of the portions being shot inside the campus and the Principal asked the film crew to withdraw.
Film's lead actress Bipasha Basu left the Valley abruptly after she was surrounded by the locals, who wanted to stop the shooting.
"There are hiccups and we are determined to overcome these obstacles. Let people judge the film after it is released," director Dholakia said last year before wrapping up the shooting. He assured the people that the movie doesn't project the people of the Valley in bad light.
The cast and crew then moved to Manali to shoot the film. The decision hit Jammu and Kashmir government hard and it tried to woo the film crew back to the state.