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It's lights, camera, action in hills

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Far away from the heat and the of the metropos, filmmakers and are increasingly exploring the country's hilly regions to either capture the essence of stories or nature's

It's only May and multiple and films have already been shot in the hills in 2019 so far.

From Dia Mirza's upcoming "Kaafir" to Shahid Kapoor's much awaited "Kabir Singh" and Karan Wahi's latest released dating show "Love Ok Please", such projects have been shot in Kinnaur, Mussoorie and Dharamsala respectively.

Rajeev Khandelwal's upcoming show "Marzi" and Netflix's recently released "Music Teacher" were both shot in

Being a nature lover, Dia finds filming in hills a "constant rejuvenation of the senses".

"is one of the most beautiful states of and one of the most beautiful mountain regions of the world. Wherever I looked, I only saw nature's perfection," Dia told IANS of her experience of shooting "Kaafir".

She also urged filmmakers to explore "more of and tell stories set in and shot in our land".

Grover, who is coming up with the "Boss", considers shooting in mountains a "heavenly experience". He shot in and Narkanda last month.

"It was one of the best shooting schedules I've had. and Narkanda were just perfect. Every frame looked heavenly... just the way God made it," said Karan.

Mahesh Bhatt's "Sadak 2" will reportedly be extensively shot in remote areas of Uttarakhand, apart from

But what's making hills a favourite shooting location among filmmakers?

Siddharth Anand Kumar, of the "Hamid", said shooting in stations is economical and feasible.

His film "Hamid" was shot in the valleys of as the state lent itself to the story.

"We had no other option but to shoot there. To our surprise, it was feasible and economical to shoot there. We controlled our budget with some smart planning, and with a proficient team and with the help of locals, we shot the film in record time," he said.

Shimla-based said while the hills attract filmmakers, there is a dire need for infrastructural development as far as film theatres for the audience and classes for the local talent is concerned.

"The filmmakers, along with the government, should do something for the 'pahaadi' people. There are hardly any film schools and colleges.

"There is a huge craze of reality TV shows in our country but makers only travel till Chandigarh for auditions. If this will continue, how will talented kids from our region get recognition? There are many areas in which are more beautiful than foreign locations, but due to poor connectivity, they are yet to be explored."

Kashyap helps in coordinating and conducting film shoots in Himachal Pradesh, and has worked with popular Bollywood production houses.

He also feels that those actors who hail from hill stations and have become successful must also do something for their hometowns.

Referring to actors Anupam Kher, and Yami Gautam, he said: "They all have become succesful. They shoud contribute a little for the development of their home towns. I remember once came to Shimla and conducted acting workshops for students but the fees was too high, due to which many students were not able to attend it.

"So, I request all these stars to help a little in making hilly areas more than just a filming destination."

Despite dearth of film studio and acting facilities, the people in hills are happy when film and TV show shootings happen as they generate work opportunities.

Rajendra Modi, a from Manali, shared how once had helped him with money and work.

"I was given a job to take him to sets and other locations. When he was leaving, he gave me a huge sum of money for my wedding. I would always be grateful to him. When shootings happen, we get some more work than our usual work... aur kya chahiye (what more do we want," he said.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 10:54 IST