Paulo Coelho Finds Adaptation of The Alchemist in Kashmir

KL Report


Screen Grab of The Alchemist's Kashmiri adaptation.
Screen Grab of The Alchemist’s Kashmiri adaptation.

Famous Brazilian lyricist, novelist Paulo Coelho has found adaptation of his most famous novel – The Alchemist in Kashmir. Noted filmmaker Arshad Mushtaq is all set to premiere Khwaab Kinaray coming Tuesday.

Recipient of numerous international awards, amongst them the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum, The Alchemist, has been translated into 80 languages. The author has sold 165 million copies worldwide and is the all-time bestselling Portuguese language author.

Paulo Coelho -author of The Alchemist
Paulo Coelho -author of The Alchemist

“This adaptation weaves into the barebones of Paulo Coelho’s story the characters of Kashmiri folklore. Habba Khatoon, The Maharaja, Paadar Sehh, Yachh Poot & Vihh etc. meet the eyes from time to time, thereby creating new twists and turns as the story progresses,” a statement from the production house – VISIONARIES – said on Sunday.

Khwaab Kinaray also touches upon various important historical events that Kashmir has stood witness to over the centuries, the statement claimed.

“Set in 1970s in Kashmir, Khwaab Kinaray experiments with the narrative and the grammar of traditional storytelling in a new and refreshing way of visual presentation. At the time when Saas Bahu Sagas depict the exaggerated expression of the society, Khwaab Kinaray maintains subtlety. The people seen are real, their aspirations and frustrations convincing and the depiction of the characters portray a compelling power that cannot be ignored which remains the ‘Hallmark’ of this project,” the statement said.

Arshad Mushtaq
Arshad Mushtaq

Khwaab Kinaray is aimed to cater to the genuine need felt among the audiences who crave for a refreshed entertainment that is realistic and close to life.”

Further divulging details about the schedule of series of films to be telecasted on Doordarshan Urdu, the statement said that the series will be aired in thirteen (13) episodes on DD Urdu and has been shot keeping in mind the feel of Pakistani serials of yesteryears.

“There is no far-fetched endless storyline which makes this presentation relatable.”

Shot over a month at the different locales across Kashmir, Khwaab Kinaray exposes the beauty of lush green plains of Dodd Paether, the icy glaciers of Sonmarg, the scenic environs of Pahalgam, besides many virgin areas of the valley, the statement informed.

The topography in each frame attempts to amply expose to the audiences; the honest narrative of story of the protagonist – Faaris played by a Kashmiri model Malik Qaiser Mushtaq, who makes his television debut with this character of a young shepherd and undertakes a fable-like journey full of adventure and discovery. He lives his tale against the backdrop of breathtakingly beautiful Kashmir,” the statement further said.

“The series also features the finest actors from Kashmir who have lent their artistic charm to the story and have managed to convincingly portray their respective characters with ease and authenticity.  M YousufShahnaz, ShahidGulfam, ShafiqQureshi, RajinderTickoo, ZahoorZaidi, Mir Imtiyaz, Raja Majeed, TahirBahadur, NirmalaDhar and other supporting cast of about thirty (30) actors carry the story on their shoulders.”


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