Sunday’s Special Matinee Report By: Harbans S Nagokay.
Since partition, when Britain exited the region in 1947; both India and Pakistan known as eternal opponents and despite having economic and cultural ties, both neighbours have fought three wars and keep-going with undeclared proxy war from Pakistan.
Within the recent arisen Kashmir unrest and tensions due to an attack on an army basecamp resulted into chances of wars alongside cultural battle also come amid deteriorating relations between the two countries. And recently entered Pakistani actorsinBollywood been asked to leave India then, ban on Indian shows goes intoeffect at Pakistan side as-well.
However, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or MNS has suggested it will not block the release of the film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, sources said, after producers promised not to use Pakistani actors in the future following a meeting today.
Ae Dil… Director and producer Karan Johar, producers’ guild president Mukesh Bhatt met Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Raj Thackeray, whose MNS party is among outfits that had threatened to vandalise cinemas and block the film as it stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Mr Bhatt said today that Karan Johar has offered to honour Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani terrorists in a message that will be screened before the film. He also said Mr Johar and other producers will donate to the army welfare fund.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh had reportedly also assured producers that the filmwill release without any violence and all cinemas will have “100 per cent police protection.
Though, a section of cinema owners in four states had also said they will not release Mr Johar’s movie because it starred Fawad Khan alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan due to be released on Sept 28.
Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has also said the government had no role in the move to boycott Pakistani artistes or interfered with Indian film-makers who hire them, but there is an atmosphere of anger at Pakistan in India and people from all walks of life have to be mindful of it.Mr. Naidu said: “Public opinion in India is strongly against Pakistan aiding and funding terror. Everyone should keep that in mind and act accordingly, whether he is an artiste, director or producer, businessman or even a politician… It is very simple to say art has no boundaries, but countries [do] have boundaries…When a war is taking place, you have someone doing a drama with that country, which is not expected.” He also asked the media to keep “national interest” in mind.
Given above, India is about to acquire the US-designed F-16 fighter and it would effectively mean that the Pakistan Air Force will not be able to acquire the latest variant of the jet that it has operated for 33 years.That’s because Lockheed Martin has
proposed to the Indian government that it is willing to transfer its entire F-16 manufacturing line from Fort Worth in the US to India as part of the government’s Make in India policy. In doing so, Lockheed would also aim to transfer the production of structural components of the F-16 from production facilities in multiple countries in a phased approach. If new-build F-16s are eventually constructed in India, there would be no question of them being exported to Pakistan. It is also unlikely that a production facility would be set up for the supply of just a handful of new-build F-16s to Pakistan.
Ironically, both the F-16 and the Gripen had been rejected by the Air Force when it shortlisted the more capable French Dassault Rafale fighter as part of its Medium Multi-role Combat Aircraft tender. That tender, however, fell through, and India ultimately had to acquire just 36 Rafale fighters in an off-the-shelf purchase from France in a deal worth approximately 58,000 crores though its initial requirement was for at least 126 jets.
At the end, within continuous cease-fire violation and unprovoked firing from the Pakistani side at the Hira Nagar, Akhnoor and Kathua sectors the force now expects cross-border tension to escalate. “If their men have died, they will retaliate and we will return fire. And, a Pakistani spy was also arrested in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba sector yesterday. Two Pakistani SIM cards and map showing the deployment of security forces were recovered from him, authorities have said.
Yet! A resolution banning Pakistani actors and technicians in India have been passed until tempers cool and normalcy returns in ties between both countries.