Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Jackie Shroff, Sonali Kulkarni, Dimple Kapadia, Abhay Chopra
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Music: Sandeep Chowta, Vishal Bhardwaj, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonca
Cinematographer: Binod Pradhan
Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Launched: 12 July 99
Anticipated Release Date: August 2000
Launched on July 12 with the recording of six songs till July 30 under the supervision of music directors Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy. It will be shot non-stop from Sept. 25 till mid-November.
All the songs have been recorded by melody makers like Sandeep Chowta, Vishal Bhardwaj and the trio of Shankar-Ehsaan and Loy.
R.N. Mandre, has bought the distribution rights for Mysore and Nizam of the movie. According to Cineblitz Sanjay Dutt has a stupendous role in the movie. He is also playing Hrithik's foster-dad in this film. Which is a first for a prime actor to play daddy for another super-star.
Kashmir was originally planned with Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan in father-son roles. But Vidhu Vinod Chopra has ousted Amitabh and Shahrukh from the project. Akshaye Khanna, was under consideration initially, for the role Sharukh had been ousted earlier. Hrithik Roshan has now been signed for the role. Sanjay Dutt has been signed in the fathers role. Also, Preity Zinta is likely to star opposite Hrithik in this film.
Aishwaryas loss was Preity Zintas gain. Though Ash was Vinods first choice, hes now quite happy with the "Perk" miss who bagged the role because according to Vinods campwallahs "she looks like a perfect Kashmiri".
Sanjay Dutt, wants to become more versatile, he is not interested in playing the same old typecast roles. In fact, he has signed Vidhu Vinod Chopra's controversial project Kashmir. In this movie, Sanjay will be playing Hrithik Roshan's father. Well, one must give full credit for Sanju baba for daring to accept a totally different role.
Smita Mishra, Shefali Chaya and Dimple Kapadia where considered for the role opposite Sanjay as the mother of Hrithik Roshan but Sonali Kulkarni has been signed for the role, she won the filfmare award in 1997 for best actress for the Marathi film Doghi and she has starred in the internationally aclaimed Daayra directed by Amol Palekar.
Sanjay Dutt is married to Sonali Kulkarni and Hrithik Roshan is their foster child, who is a Kashmiri militant. Hrithik falls in love with a Kashmiri girl, Preity Zinta. Jackie Shroff plays a mercenary. The hard-hittng subject revolves around the turmoil and turbulence in Kashmir region between 1989 to 1999. It's also a love story based in the troubled valley of Kashmir. (sounds like 1942 a love story)
Interview of the director:
Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra was upset because of allegations that Mission Kashmir is yet another patriotic venture cashing in on the Kargil. He quoted For heavens sake, my film script was written even before I started Kareeb two years ago. My hard-hitting subject basically revolves around the turmoil and turbulence in the Kashmir region from 1989 to 1999 and has nothing to do with the Kargil war, asserts Chopra whose film boasts a cast that includes Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta. Incidentally, Vidhu has not repeated his discovery Neha (the Kareeb heroine) in his latest project. My casting is done on the suitability of the artist and not on sentiments, he retorts.
Source By : Sanjay Dutt's Hompage