Floating Gardens – Iranian movie filmed in India

dallake1Internationally-famed Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi is shooting his new film Floating Gardens in India. The movie partly depict the fascinating history of the Indian occupied Kashmir state and is expected to be released in middle of 2017.

It is the first English movie filmed in India. It’s shot in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kashmir and Rajasthan.

Majidi began his career as an actor – later became film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He was introduced to 1.9 billion Muslims around the world through his 2015 movie, Muhammad: The Prophet of God.

Denmark-born Bollywood’s Rs. 100 crore heroine Deepika Padukone is playing the leading role in the movie. She also acted in Hollywood’s XXX: Return of Xander Cage. New actor Ishaan Khattar, step brother of Shahid Kapoor, plays Deepika’s younger brother in the movie.

Majidi says that “he always wanted to shoot in India as he always felt that both Iran and India have the same cultural sensibilities.” That’s true. Safvid Shi’ite King Shah Abbas I helped Sunni Mughal Emperor Humayun to regain his throne in Delhi. In 1398 Persian King Timur invaded India, entered Delhi and proclaimed himself King of India. But after looting Mughal treasure from Delhi he returned to Persia within two weeks. The official language during 1,000-year Muslim rule in India was Persian.

Jammu and Kashmir Valley’s beauty has earned it several names. Its Dal lake filled with water lilies is known as Floating Gardens since time immemorial. This is mentioned in Hindu chronicles even before the arrival Afghan Muslim armies. The Mughal emperors fell in love with the valley. Emperor Akbar called Kashmir Valley Heaven on Earth.

The Floating gardens are of two kinds which are locally called Radh and Demb types. The Radh type of floating gardens are made of long strips of lake reeds having a breadth of about 2m and can be pulled from one place to another. Not inferior to the Radh in productivity are Demb lands which are formed along the sides or sometimes in the middle of the lake when the water is shallow.

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