Celebrating The Spirit Of A Kashmiri Woman: Farhana Bhat Part 10

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Farhana Bhat is a multi-talented individual with a diverse range of interests and accomplishments. Having appeared in two Bollywood films ‘Laila Majnu’ and ‘Notebook’, her family was convinced that this is another form of art.

A three-month diploma course at Anupam Kher’s “Actor Prepares” in Mumbai has work wonder for her. Her commitment to her craft was tested when she was diagnosed with Covid-19 and had to be quarantined, causing her to miss classes. However, she was able to catch up with her classes and excelled in her craft. The outcome, she started delivering one-take shots that impressed her coach, Mr. Suraj Vyas. Her dedication paid off when she learned that her one-take shots were being used to motivate current students. A proud moment for her.


Despite initial resistance from some family members, Farhana pursued her passion for acting, with the support of her mother and grandfather. Her grandfather was an influential figure in her life, having given her the freedom to choose her path and exposing her to different cultures. His passing during her time in Mumbai is one regret she has.


Farhana’s journey towards acting was not without obstacles, especially as a Muslim woman from a middle-class background. However, she encourages other Kashmiri youth to pursue their dreams and not let societal expectations hold them back. She also believes in preserving Kashmiri culture and promoting it through various means, including film.

It is difficult for the Kashmiri youth to get into this kind of professions because of the narration around this profession, society, extremist mind set . But you have to be mentally  strong enough to take your decisions and follow your dreams. Its very important to be happy with what you are doing. If you have a talent, you should explore it and not restrict yourself. Anyone who dares to dream and follows the passion – can achieve it.

Kashmiri culture, which is composed of multiple religions, has endured significant challenges in recent decades, such as the displacement of Kashmiri Pandits due to security concerns. Despite these challenges, Farhana sees the representation of all communities as integral to maintaining the richness and diversity of Kashmiri culture.