SRINAGAR: Bollywood music composer, singer Salim Merchant from the composer duo Salim-Sulaiman who was shooting in the valley recently to shoot a music video on Sunday said Kashmiris are full of talent. “They are packed with the talent on every front but what they need is the right platform and guidance,” said Salim.

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Bollywood music composer, singer Salim Merchant posing for a photograph in Kashmir.

Salim said he has given a chance to young talented Kashmiris in this video song. “Some are acting on screen, some have organized our shoot and others are handling the production and post-production work,” he said.

The musician said he wishes to hold a music concert in the valley. “Though we have performed across the world Kashmir is the only place left where I haven’t performed yet. It is my wish to hold a music concert here,” said Salim, as per the statement issued by Red Kangri Productions.

He said that it was wonderful to shoot in the amazing locations of the valley. “I always wanted to visit Kashmir and it is the first that I am visiting here. It is truly heaven on earth. Its food, people and hospitality, all are mind-blowing. I am in love with the place,” Salim said, who is known for producing the music for films like Chak De India, Fashion, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Band Baaja Baarat, and others.

Salim also termed Kashmir as the perfect location for the film shootings. “I believe that wherever you set the camera, it makes a perfect view itself. I think more film units need to visit here and shoot so as to give a boost to the local tourism and the people involved in film shootings,” he said.

Salim also relished Kashmiri Wazwan, Harrisa, Kehwa and Noon Chai. The unit shot at locations like Pahalgam and Dal Lake in Srinagar.

Salman Ali, singer and the winner of the 10th season of Indian Idol who is being featured in the lead role in the music video said he too wanted to perform in Kashmir. “This place is so pure that I can do the concert for the free of cost music concert here,” he said.

The song also features Mateena Rajput, a young Kashmiri actress opposite Salman Ali. The song has been named as Tumhe Dekh Ke and has been directed by Tassaduq Hussain, a Kashmiri filmmaker.


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