1. MAMI Film Festival: Following threats of protests, organisers ban screening of Pakistani film, ‘Jago Hua Savera’

MAMI Film Festival: Following threats of protests, organisers ban screening of Pakistani film, ‘Jago Hua Savera’

Following the threat of protests against the Jio MAMI 18th MUmbaiu Film Festival at the Amboli police station, the organisers on Monday confirmed that no Pakistani movies would be screened at the event.

By: | Published: October 17, 2016 2:31 PM
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Following the threat of protests against the Jio MAMI 18th MUmbaiu Film Festival at the Amboli police station, the organisers on Monday confirmed that no Pakistani movies would be screened at the event. The MAMI film festival, that is to be begin from October 20, was to screen a Pakistani film later this month at the fest’s ‘Restored Classics’ section headed by Dhobi Ghaat director Kiran Rao. The movie that was to be showcased was the 1959 classic “Jago Hua Savera” by director AJ Kardar.

The complainant Prithvi Mhaske, President of the NGO, ‘Sangharsh Foundation’ of Mumbai, told reporters that their intentions were very clear. He had said that there would be protests against the festival if they screen the movie. He informed IANS that they would be protesting outside the Infinity mall, where the event is to take place. Mhakse had also a letter written to the police stating that the event would flare outrage among people by screening a Pakistani movie.The letter said that it wasn’t acceptable as it would create tension among the people. Moreover, IMPPA has also decided to ban Pakistani actors from working in Bollywood and also almost all single screen theatres have decided to boycott movies of Pakistani actors. So, why (are) the organisers of the Mumbai Film Festival pouring so much love towards Pakistani actors?”, the letter stated. He had threatened the festival saying that if the organisers did not stop the screening, his workers would. Senior PI of the Amboli Police Station, Bharat Gaikwad had then summoned both the parties to discuss the merits of the application.

The movie Jago Hua Savera was written by poet Faiz Ahmad Raiz and had been recently restored and had a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Tensions between India and Pakistan have been on the rise since the terror attack in Uri, that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers. After the Pakistani artists working in India had failed to condemn the act or speak against it, the Indian film Industry and common folk alike have been majorly divided over the issue of exchange of culture between both the countries.

The MAMI film festival, that is to be begin from October 20, was to screen a Pakistani film later this month at the fest’s ‘Restored Classics’ section headed by Dhobi Ghaat director Kiran Rao. The movie thatw as to to be showcased was the 1959 classic “Jago Hua Savera” by director AJ Kardar.

The complainant Prithvi Mhaske, President of the NGO, ‘Sangharsh Foundation’ of Mumbai, told reporters that their intentions were very clear. He had said that there would be protests against the festival if they screen the movie. He informed IANS that they would be protesting outside the Infinity mall, where the event is to take place. Mhakse had also a letter written to the police stating that the event would flare outrage among people by screening a Pakistani movie.The letter said that it wasn’t acceptable as it would create tension among the people. Moreover, IMPPA has also decided to ban Pakistani actors from working in Bollywood and also almost all single screen theatres have decided to boycott movies of Pakistani actors. So, why (are) the organisers of the Mumbai Film Festival pouring so much love towards Pakistani actors?”, the letter stated. He had threatened the festival saying that if the organisers did not stop the screening, his workers would. Senior PI of the Amboli Police Station, Bharat Gaikwad had then summoned both the parties to discuss the merits of the application.

The movie Jago Hua Savera was written by poet Faiz Ahmad Raiz and had been recently restored and had a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. Tensions between India and Pakistan have been on the rise since the terror attack in Uri, that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers. After the Pakistani artists working in India had failed to condemn the act or speak against it, the Indian film Industry and common folk alike have been majorly divided over the issue of exchange of culture between both the countries.

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