There is only a physical ban on Pakistani actors in Bollywood films.
Now the patriotic organizations and individuals even vow to halt the screenings of such films even after all Pakistani actors have left India leaving the Indian producers high and dry, scratching their heads wondering how to recoup their investments.
But there is one thing no human can dictate terms to: free flow of intellectual camaraderie across the borders.
Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha’s Tum Bin 2 is a case in point. He took inspiration from the works of Pakistani dramatist, playwright and scriptwriter Haseena Moin for his upcoming film.
Haseena Moin is a Pakistani dramatist, playwright and scriptwriter. She has written several plays for stage, radio and television, some of which have even gained international repute.
She wrote Pakistan’s first original script ‘Kiran Kahani’ aired in the early-1970s. Before this PTV relied on novel-based scripts for dramas. She is considered to be the best playwright and dramatist Pakistan has ever produced.
The second instalment of the 2001 film Tum Bin franchise is written and directed by Sinha and jointly produced by him and Bhushan Kumar of the T-Series music label.
It features Neha Sharma, Aditya Seal and Aashim Gulati in lead roles. The film is scheduled for release on 18 November.
Sinha says he took some cues from Pakistani dramas for the second part of the film. “Two of my favourite dramas are ‘Ankahi Tanhaiyan’ and Dhoop Kinare. A lot of the screenplay in Tum Bin has been inspired by her television serials and a few of the critics and industry members who saw the first instalment were quick to notice this similarity.
“The second instalment too is inspired in some way from Pakistani dramas because I feel the way they tell a story is sublime,” Sinha said in a statement.
The news comes at a time when there are debates whether Pakistani artistes should be banned from working in India amid tensions between India and Pakistan following the September 18 terror attack which killed 19 Indian soldiers.
Sinha started watching Moin’s teleserials in 1984 and met her in 1996 in Mauritius.- CINEWS