06 August, 2021

To Sir Creek, With Love

The Indian and Pakistani film industries should cooperate on joint ventures. History needn't be tackled now, love stories can always be made.

To Sir Creek, With Love
Illustration by Saurabh Singh When I accompanied Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on the bus to Lahore, I offered a suggestion at a banquet hosted by the then Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif. Since films are an unquestionably powerful medium in both India and Pakistan, I mooted the idea of organising Indo-Pak co-productions. The vibrant Hindi film industry, which is immensely popular in Pakistan, could join hands with the enormous artistic talent that Pakistan has. But, obviously, there is a fear in the Pakistan film industry that if Hindi movies gain access there, they would be swallowed.

Their fear is well-founded. The Hindi film industry is far bigger, older, stronger, technically superior, commands far higher resources, and is infinitely more popular. But that's precisely why the idea of co-production is good. A Yash Chopra can tie up with the state-owned ptv. They can then source each other's technicians and artistes. Pakistan has everything to gain from this. And our Hindi film...

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