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Amid threats, Mumbai film fest drops Pakistan film


Mumbai : Indo-Pak tensions cast its shadow on the Mumbai International Film Festival with organisers on Monday dropping Pakistani film “Jago Hua Savera” in its retrospective section amid threats of protests at its screening. “Given the current situation, the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star has decided not to programme ‘Jago Hua

Savera’ as part of the Restored Classics Section,” organisers of the festival said in a statement.

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The move comes after a city-based organisation Sangharsh threatened to stage protests at the screening of the movie made in 1958.

The outfit had also sought police permission to protest at the festival, which begins from October 20. The tensions between India and Pakistan after the Uri attack last month has triggered demands in certain sections to ban artistes and films from Pakistan.

Directed by AJ Kardar, “Jago Hua Savera”, which was screened in the ‘Classics’ section of the Cannes Film Festival this year, was co-produced during the days of undivided Pakistan (now independent Pakistan and Bangladesh) and shot in Dhaka. It was selected as the entry from Pakistan for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards in 1960.

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Featuring talents from India, Pakistan and now Bangladesh, the film starred Tripti Mitra, Zurain Rakshi, Khan Ataur Rahman. Timir Baran co-composed the music with Nauman Taseer and the screenplay of the movie was penned by noted poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz, an artiste revered by people on both sides of the border.

The festival, which is chaired by filmmaker Kiran Rao, will run till October 27 and over 180 films from 54 countries would be screened at several spots across the megapolis.