There are outraged reports in the Indian press that the new furiously successful Mission Impossible film has no reference to Kashmir although about 20 minutes of the narrative is supposedly shot in Kashmir.
Outraged portals in India devoted to hijacking eyeballs with sensationalism hold the CBFC culprits for the missing Kashmir factor .
But a prominent source from the censor board entirely denies the allegation.
“We haven’t cut any reference to any country. We were not even aware that the film is shot in Kashmir. Is it really shot in the Valley? It doesn’t look like it,” says the CBFC source.
Apparently not. The truth is, Tom Cruise who is a producer on the project tried to get the necessary permission to shoot in Kashmir where the film’s climax is set. But red-tapism got in the way. Kashmir being a sensitive area posed security issues for Cruise and his Mission Impossible team. They finally settled for New Zealand and Norway to masquerade as Kashmir.
There is a lesson to be learnt from this. If we want India to be shooting-friendly for the West we’ve got to stop the reams of red-tapism.
Nearer home, blaming the censor board for every missing link in every film serves no purpose.