Ever since Azim’s launchpad Qasam Se Qasam Se’s promos (that encapsulate the beauty of Kashmir) went on air, other filmmakers have followed suit. But how did the makers of QSQS come up with the idea of shooting in the land of tulips and shikaras?
Apparently it was scriptwriter Nazim’s idea to shoot all the songs in Kashmir. In fact in a particular song, Tere Bagair Zindagi Mumkin Nahi, sung by Kunal Ganjawala, the makers have captured the historical Nishaat garden once frequented by Emperor Akbar. But as usual there were roadblocks.
A crewmember revealed, “There are 72 brass fountains in the garden. But only a few of the age old water pots were functional.” But things were not as easy as they seemed.
They were extremely rusted and clogged with dried leaves, stones and dirt. “It was a tough task according to the co-ordinator Yousuf Mir but he took up the challenge. It took approximately one whole day before shoot along with 20 crew members to make them functional.
They used three-foot long iron rods along with anti-rust chemicals to remove the clogging,” said the source. The crewmember added, “The motor exploded like a bomb. Thankfully, this did not lead to any confusion on the sets.”
Azim confirmed the incident saying, “Another motor of higher power capacity was installed. But the sight of the 72 flowing fountains was to be seen to be believed. It was just out of this world. Now I know why Kashmir is called paradise on earth.”