A day after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah lashed out at the makers of "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" (YJHD) for not attributing the scenic shots to the state, a Dharma productions spokesperson clarified that not only was the state given credit, but a special thanks to the CM was also mentioned in the film.
"The opening credit slate clearly mentions Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Tourism Minister GA Mir and Inspector-General of Police SM Sahal. The names of the entire crew in Kashmir have been mentioned in the credits of the film," Times of India quoted the spokesperson as saying.
On Saturday, Omar Abdulla took to micro-blogging site Twitter stating that few shots of the film were of north Kashmir's Gulmarg, but the makers of the film gave credit to Manali instead of J&K. Expressing his rage of the false attribution Omar tweeted, "It is irritating when we roll out the red carpet and facilitate the shoot only to have people believe it's Manali #YJHD."
"If anyone has seen the movie can you tell me whether they have at least mentioned the state in the credits (opening or closing) #YJHD," he added.
The annoyed CM went on to caution the tourists saying "Those of you planning to visit Manali because of what you saw in #YJHD except for the temple and Span resort it's all Gulmarg."
It was said that Omar Abdulla had met the cast and crew of "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" in Gulmarg where they were filming. He had also extended full cooperation from the Gulmarg officials while the team lodged there for the shooting.
Since the makers have clarified that they have given credit to the state, it is believed that the CM will now put an end to the controversy.
Directed by "Wake Up Sid" fame Ayan Mukerji, "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" hit the screens of 31 May and has minted ₹62.11 crore in its opening weekend at the domestic box office.