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For Prithvi Maske, the decision of the organisers of the 18th Mumbai Film Festival to remove Jago Hua Savera (The Day Shall Dawn) is a moment to celebrate.
On October 15, the 42-year-old Mumbai resident who heads NGO Sangharsh shot off a letter to the Amboli police station, seeking permission to stage a protest against the film festival on October 20. The letter, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, questioned “why the organisers of Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star are pouring so much love towards Pakistan by celebrating their film here”.
It added that the screening “will create more unrest and hatred towards Pakistan”.
For Maske, a “social worker fighting against corruption and injustice”, the cancellation of the screening spelt victory. “Our jawans are dying at the border. At such a time, why do we have to praise or celebrate Pakistan? We should showcase Indian films instead,” he said.
Earlier this month, Maske had also filed an FIR against actor Om Puri for “hurting people’s sentiments” when the latter spoke against the ban on Pakistani actors. A landscape contractor for government projects, Maske said he wasn’t sure of the film’s subject, and added that it wasn’t important what the film addressed. “It’s a Pakistani film, which I heard was nominated for the Oscars.”
Maske said he did not have any political affiliations, but he believed the Central government supported his action against the film. “The BJP has not opposed me, which I see as their way of backing me. The government cannot get involved in every matter. But they need to show the UN that Indians are angry, and get it to declare Pakistan as a terrorist state. Our move will help prove that,” he said, adding that he viewed the film festival’s decision as “an expression of solidarity towards people of India”.
“Initially, some members of the film industry spoke in support of Pakistan but the cancellation of the screening by an organisation as big as MAMI will show them that the country now stands united against them,” said Maske.
This article was originally published on http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/entertainment-others/mami-film-festival-pakistani-film-jago-hua-savera-ban-prithvi-maske-3088742/