An engineer by degree, Tahir Hussain from Srinagar always dreamed of becoming a filmmaker. After completing his B.Tech in 2012 he felt the pull of cinema and this is how his journey from engineering to line producer began.
“I was always interested in film making. Seeing people perform on shoots, the images and lighting left a lasting impression on my mind,” Tahir told Rising Kashmir.
The passion of working in movies kept on pushing him till he did his first project with a Kashmir-based production company.
“In 2017, I started my career as an assistant director and production coordinator with Renzu Films, It was a multi-task project,” he said.
“In 2019, I worked on Kashmiri singer Yawar Abdal’s music video ‘‘Yumbarzaloo’”.
“It went very well. Danish Renzu, the owner of Renzu Films liked my work and after that I continued to do some projects with them.”
Later, he was hired as line producer by the production company with whom he worked on a few projects.
Besides working with local artists, Tahir has also worked with mainstream Bollywood actors.
“I have worked with some of the Bollywood actors like Soni Razdan, Paras Chabra , Mahira Sharma , Kanika Mann and many more. Besides, I have also worked with local Kashmiri singers and actors like Irfan Bhukari, Noor Mohammad, Yawar Abdal and more,” recalled Tahir.
The line producer feels lucky to have worked with so many talented people and believes that the love of the latter has created new opportunities for Valley talent.
“I have had a very good experience so far working with some good talented people from Bollywood. Their love for Kashmir has opened doors for filmmakers here. More and more filmmakers are now coming to Kashmir to shoot their films,” he added.
He said local youth have immense talent which if honed can prove a boon to the local film industry.
Tahir Hussain has been a part of some feature films and some amazingly beautiful music videos that have contributed to the tourism of Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking about the challenges he faced in this field, he said, “The challenges I faced as a line producer is to make a budget and when it comes to filmmaking. I have to make the budget, having no liberty to go over it, so I have to execute all the things that are very challenging.”
“Secondly as we know Kashmir is a tricky place to shoot. On exhibition level you have to see things while shooting. There should be no issue, we have to handle the people and to check the things on security level. It’s a primary challenge,” he said.
Tahir said, “A number of budding filmmakers are emerging in this field. I think soon after the release of film policy in Kashmir, the Kashmiri Film Industry has the potential to be at par with that of Punjabi and Bhojpuri cinema,” he said.
“Kashmiri youth have a lot of talent in every field whether its costume, make-up artist, direction or in production.”
Talking about his future plans he said, “I would like to continue doing projects of varied nature.”
“Presently I am working on two feature films based on a true story and we (Renzu Films) are aiming to complete it this year.”
My aim is to provide more avenues to local youth in this field.