THE IRE against Pakistani actors has touched the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival, which is to showcase a Pakistani film called The Day Shall Dawn. Saying that the organisers will “flare outrage” among people after the Uri attack, city-based NGO Sangharsh has approached the police to protest against the screening of the film.
According to senior officials at Amboli police station, the organisers of MAMI and members of Sangarsh NGO will be called on Monday for questioning to understand the validity of the NGO’s complaint.
“We have received the complaint. No FIR has been registered yet,” a senior officer from the Amboli police station said.
The letter by the NGO president Prithvi Mhaske to the police said: “The organisers of this event are likely to flare outrage among people by telecasting this Pakistani film in the festival. This will just not be acceptable as it will give rise to more civil tension and outrage among people.”
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has been pressing for a ban on Pakistani artistes in India in the wake of the Uri attack, which killed 18 Indian soldiers.
According to the NGO, even single-screen theatres have decided against showcasing films with Pakistani actors. “So, why are the organisers of MAMI pouring so much love towards Pakistani actors,” the letter said.
The 18th edition of the festival will be held between October 20 and October 27 and will show 180 movies from 54 countries across theatres in Mumbai.
The NGO has sought police permission to hold a protest against MAMI organisers in Andheri West on October 20.
Ironically, The Day Shall Dawn is a story set in East Pakistan, which is now Bangladesh, and was shot entirely in Bangladesh.
It was made in 1959 by director A J Kardar and was even sent as a nomination for the 1960 Academy Awards. The movie essayed the daily struggles of fishermen in a village, and had narratives of their struggles with loan sharks. The movie is based on an original story written by Manik Bandopadhyay.
A wikipedia page on the movie says the movie faced political boycott even during the time of its release, with the government of Pakistan asking the movie’s producer Nauman Taseer not to show it as it was perceived as a communist movie, besides being from Bangladesh, soon after the partition.
Meanwhile, the Indian Motions Pictures Producers Association (IMPAA) recently met MNS members to request they do not press for ban of two films, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Fawad Khan and Raees starring Mahira Khan. The IMPAA also assured them of not casting Pakistani artistes in the future.