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SRINAGAR: No doubt, Kashmir is full of talent in every field, from last few years young Kashmiri youth are coming forward to show their talent in all aspects. The way Kashmiri youth are showing their talent is well recognized by government as well as people. Now, Meet Shah Faisal Khan of Hyderpora Srinagar who make every one proud by becoming the first Kashmiri Line Producer of India. Having background of Science, Faisal decided to step in Bollywood and within no time, he (Faisal) did more than hundreds projects.

In an exclusive conversation with Kashmir News Bureau Faisal said “I went Mumbai in 2009 to become an actor, but I was not easy, I struggled a lot and to survive in Mumbai, I joined a line production company “Roaring line Productions” which is headed by Gopal Rajpurohit and now I am holding the position of Director in same company.”

“We have done more than hundred projects in India as well as in Kashmir and to work in Kashmir, it is always amazing and I request bollywood industry as well as other film industries to come Kashmir and shoot the heaven, we are here to give you full support” says Faisal.

When asked about safety for industry in Kashmir Faisal said, “There is no other better place to shoot rather than Kashmir, before 1990’s maximum production house preferred to shoot in Kashmir because of beauty and hospitality but due to some bad circumstances in valley that time, now it is totally safe in Kashmir. I wish I could see the Kashmir Scenario like before 1990’s”

“It is very proud moment for me that my friend is holding such a position and working hard in the field of cinema, we wish him best of luck for future” said childhood friend of Faisal

Importantly to mention here that Faisal has done big project of big productions like Zila Ghazibad started with Sanjay Dutt, Tenu Weds Manu returns, directed by Anand L Rai, started with R. Madhavan and Kangana Ranaut, R.. Rajkumar, directed by Prabhu Dheva and many more. 

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SRINAGAR: While it’s true that self-employment has been rising swiftly in the last decade, Mehvish Mehraj Zargar, a 25 Years old young girl went right ahead and started “Me N U” cafe, in Bemina area of Srinagar. Belonging from Lalbazar area of Srinagar, Mehvish is a law graduate student decided to open the café to support her mother and sibling.

In a conversion with Kashmir News Bureau, Mehvish said “After the death of my father, it was very tough job for my mother to continue our study, but still shed managed three of us to studied well,”. "I always had a dream to start a café rather than boutique and parlour, because I myself was addicted to going cafes."

“As a girl, some 10 percentage people criticize me and my family that how can a girl start a café of her own but thanks to almighty remaining 90 percent people supported and guided me and now after launching I am getting to appreciation and good response from people of my Kashmir,” said Mehvish further during conversation with Kashmir News Bureau.

No one can stop you expect yourself, work hard and realize your dream, don’t think what people will say, if you do good or bad people would talk, so set your dream and go on,” said Mehvish to those girls who want to start their own business. “Only boys can’t do business, we girls have capability to start our own like in other parts of world,” says Mehvish. Pertinently, many young women from Kashmir have started their own venture from last couple of years.

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SRINAGAR: In a conflict torn state like Kashmir, Abida Akhtar has made everyone proud by winning Silver medal with a podium finish in the 48kg (sanshou event) in the Malaysia Wushu International Championship. Belonging from a far flung area, Abida's struggle started before she could understand the world,  She was barely 18 months old when her father Khushi Mohammad, a Jammu and Kashmir Policeman was killed by unknown gunmen in Kashmir. Without any source of income, the family of four, including Abida’s mother and two siblings, struggled to make ends meet. 

The struggle of Abida Akhtar not ends here, her two-year-old marriage ended in divorce but she stand again with her game. "After my divorce, I feel so lonely people of my locality earlier used to tell my mother that girls are not meant for sports, but my mother never paid any heed, she always supported me," said Abida while talking with KNB. "It was very difficult for me to continue my game after my divorce as my life was totally struck and it took me eight to nine months to come out from this trauma, but I am thankful to my mother and coach who supported me throughout my life journey," she added.

During my marriage life, I could not think to continue my game as my in-laws place was not favorable. I always have my mother’s backing,” says Abida. While talking to Kashmir News Bureau, Fasil the coach of Abida stated that "Abida is very talented girl, she always attend training as she had to trek five kilometers in rough terrain and travel another eight km by auto or public transport, she is inspiration for all girls not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in whole world.

"I remember when it was her marriage ceremony, me and my students of Academy decided to give a surprise to Abida and her family, we arranged a power generator and some electric items. As we walked 5 kms with generator and when started it, Abida came out and started crying loudly as it was first time she saw light in her house. That moment was colorful and best gift for Abida," says Fasil.