UAE businessman B R Shetty to build 'film city' in Kashmir, India

BRS Group founder reportedly confirms 12km2 plot weeks after committing $1bn to Kashmir during PM Modi's UAE visit

The scenic Dal lake in Kashmir.
The scenic Dal lake in Kashmir.

Indian-origin UAE businessman B R Shetty said he planned to open a “film city” in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state – where numerous Bollywood films such as Mission Kashmir, Raazi, Haider, Uri: The Surgical Strike, and Henna have previously been shot – with the announcement coming days after the founder and chairman of BRS Group in Abu Dhabi committed $1bn (AED3.67bn) to Kashmir during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UAE in August 2019.

Speaking to Construction Week’s sister title Arabian Business, Shetty said: “It’s a very scenic place, and I’m going to have a film city there, so that people can come and shoot films there, and for tourism.

“I’ve already got land offers from Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, about [12km2].”

Shetty said he had accepted the offer, adding that the selling entity was “very happy”.

He added: “Nobody comes and contributes like this. People say that if GDP comes down, India is going down. But we should always be optimistic.”

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