The Mumbai Film Festival’s decision to screen a Pakistani film has angered an NGO which is now calling to stop the screening.
The NGO, Sangharsh Foundation, has written to the Mumbai police seeking permission to protest against the screening of the film Jago Hua Savera.
In a letter sent to Amboli police station, Prithvi Maske, President of the NGO has claimed that screening the Pakistani film will outrage people considering the snowballing row about the ban on Pakistani actors.
Pakistani film was the country’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 start 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. – CINEWS