Bollywood filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, whose upcoming film 'Hyder' is set in the backdrop of the situation in the 1990s in Kashmir, on Sunday called off the shoot at the University of Kashmir campus here after university students shouted slogans and disrupted the process.
The trouble started at around 3pm when students watching the 300-strong crew, including one of the lead actors Irrfan Khan, started shouting at them.
Some students expressed anger over Bollywood's portrayal of Kashmir in movies. "There is not a single movie on Kashmir that touches its reality," said a student.
Some onlookers also objected to the crew members smoking on the campus.
Sources said Bhardwaj had created a set portraying an army camp inside the university's Naseem Bagh. The scene, which was scheduled to be shot, was of a fidayeen (suicide) attack, a deadly weapon of the militancy in the valley after 1998.
The students also objected to the pole set up for unfurling the tricolour. Nearly 100 people, including students and outsiders, created such a noisy situation that the director found it quite difficult to continue the shoot.
"This is no issue. We respect their (protesting mob's) sentiment. We should leave and shoot at other locales," Bhardwaj was quoted as saying.
Showing no signs of annoyance, Bhardwaj, sources said, left the location saying, "It is alright".
Later, the director shot at the Dal Lake till late in the evening.
This was for the first time during the last 16 days of shooting that Bhardwaj faced problems from the people here. He has already shot at several locations in the city, including old parts, which otherwise are quite volatile.
The film director has roped in around 30 local artistes for the film to recreate the early phase of militancy.
'Hyder' is an adaption of the Shakespearean tragedy 'Hamlet' and all its characters are set in the Valley.
Bhardwaj, who has interacted with the people here, had read "extensively" about the situation in the early 1990s and the Kashmir issue before embarking on the project.
The director has already signed Tabu, Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor for the lead roles in the film. However, they were not present at the location at the time of the incident.