Mumbai: Amidst controversies surrounding Pakistani artists working in India, a Pakistani movie is slated to be screened at the MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Arts), Mumbai Film Festival.
While Bollywood and India, at large, seems to be divided over the issue of Pakistani artists working in the country, if latest reports are to be believed, a Pakistani film will be screened at the Mumbai Academy of Moving Arts (MAMI) Film Festival.
The film in question is the 1959 Pakistani production The Day Shall Dawn (Original title: Jago Hua Savera), directed by AJ Kardar. According to a report, a restored version of the film will be screened at the festival’s special section.
The Day Shall Dawn was produced in then-East Pakistan (which is Bangladesh, today) and was Pakistan’s official Oscars entry to the 1960 Academy Awards. However, The Day Shall Dawn could not make it to the list of final nominees.
The bilingual (Hindi and Urdu) film stars Bengali actor Tripti Mitra and revolves around the trials and tribulations of East Pakistani fishermen who live in Saitnol village (near Dhaka), and how they go about their daily lives, while struggling against loan sharks. The script was based on an original story by noted Bengali writer Manik Bandopadhyay.
The screening of The Day Shall Dawn comes in the wake of a strong debate over Pakistani artists working in India. While the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has threatened to beat up Mahesh Bhatt and Karan Johar if they dare to make or release films featuring Pakistani artists, actors like Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar and Randeep Hooda have come forward to support the IMPPA’s (Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association) ban on Pak artists working in India.