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Bhardwaj’s Haider shooting halt due to unrest in Kashmir

The film crew, which has been shooting for Haider in Kashmir for the past nearly two weeks, had to pack up after the students living in the on-campus hostels objected to hoisting of the national tri-colour atop a make shift bunker on Sunday, official sources said.

They said police, deployed for security of the film crew, chased away the protesters but the shooting could not proceed further.

Two students were briefly detained by police but were released later following intervention by the university authorities.

Kashmir University Students’ Union, which has been banned by the varsity authorities, in a statement condemned the use of force against the students for protesting against the film crew.

‘Students also objected to Irrfan Khan, one of the actors, when he was spotted smoking inside the smoke-free campus,’ the union said.

Bhardwaj is shooting for Haider, starring Shahid, Irrfan Khan and Shraddha Kapoor, since 8 November. The movie is an adaption of Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet and is set in Kashmir valley.

The director, who has earlier made Kaminey with Shahid, spent more than a week in rural Kashmir in September this year to get a feel of life in the area.
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