The Mumbai Film Festival’s decision to screen Pakistani film Jago Hua Savera has attracted the ire of a NGO called Sangharsh Foundation that has now written to the Mumbai police seeking permission to protest against the screening of the film.
In a letter sent to Amboli police station, Prithvi Maske, President of the NGO has claimed that screening the Pakistani film will outrage people more given that the nation is already on a boil.
The said Pakistani film was Pakistan’s official entry to the 1960 Oscars and was made in East Pakistan which is now a part of Bangladesh. The movie tells the tale of village fishermen and their dreams of owning individual boats.
The Mumbai film festival which will kickstart from October 20 will be showcasing the Pakistani film in restored classics section. For the moment, Mumbai police is yet to grant permission to the NGO to protest against the film.
Interestingly at the press conference of MAMI earlier this month when Kiran Rao was asked if any Pakistani film would be screened at the festival and in the event of it being so, if there would be any concerns keeping in mind the current political atmosphere, the producer answered in negative. “The short answer to it is no,” Kiran had said.
Meanwhile, Anurag Kashyap lent support to Karan Johar, whose upcoming directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featuring Fawad Khan is facing trouble after cinema owners association decided to stall the release of movies starring Pakistani artistes. Now Kashyap has yet again raised his voice and this time on nobody else but India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.