Mahesh Bhatt says film starring Humayun Saeed traverses trail of love and friendship
MUMBAI: Amid growing controversy over ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali’s cancelled concert, veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt hopes an upcoming Punjabi film Dushman will unfold a new chapter of friendship between the two countries.
With the film, Bhatt has entered the realm of the regional film industry. To be shot in India, Pakistan and Britain, the film will be helmed by Shagufta Rafique. “I’m honoured to present Vinay and Shagufta’s first Punjabi film with Humayun and Shaad, which will bring the people of our two nations closer,” Bhatt tweeted.
Contrary to the name, the film will mark a new beginning with its tale of friendship between an Indian and a Pakistani. “Dushman is a path-breaking tale of love and friendship of an Indian and a Pakistani. This brave tale will be shot in India, Pakistan and Britain. Producer Vinay Bhardwaj and my hit writer-director Shagufta have casted Shaad and Humayun in their Punjabi film Dushman,” Bhatt shared.
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Ali, who has been spreading peace and harmony across the border with his music since the past 45 years, was scheduled to perform in Mumbai in Pune as part of the fourth death anniversary tribute to late singer Jagjit Singh.
But the performance was called off on Wednesday after the Shiv Sena threatened to disrupt his live concert. The move has received flak from all quarters of society, with artists saying “music knows no boundaries,” and that “art should be kept out of politics.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2015.
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