Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan was here after more than a decade and was so impressed with the breathtaking beauty of the valley that he hopes filmmakers return here "like the good old times".
Aamir Khan enjoying a ride on shikara at Dal Lake. Pic/IANS
Aamir arrived here Wednesday and visited the famous floating vegetable gardens in Dal Lake.
"I have come to Kashmir after more than 10 years. Last time I came here to shoot 'Mann' (1999). The place is wonderful, the people are nice and hospitable," Aamir told reporters during his visit to the Dal Lake.
"I hope Bollywood starts shooting films here like the good old times. My uncle (filmmaker Nasir Husain) used to shoot his films in Kashmir," he added.
Some parts of his super duper hit "3 Idiots" were filmed in Ladakh region of the state, but he couldn't come to the valley then.
"We went directly to Leh to shoot '3 Idiots' and I did not get an opportunity to visit the valley that time," said the 46-year-old.
Aamir said he is on a pleasure trip here, but his visit to the floating vegetable gardens, a private school and a riverside location in north Kashmir indicated that could be on a recce for his new film.
Sources also said that Aamir had shot an ad film for Incredible India here Wednesday.