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Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao. (File Photo | PTI)
MUMBAI: After protesters threatened to disrupt the screening of a Pakistani movie, the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image on Monday decided not to screen any film from the neighbouring country at this year’s Mumbai International Film Festival.
Kiran Rao and Amir Khan
“Given the current situation, the Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star has decided not to programme Jago Hua Savera as part of the restored classics section,” the organisers said in a statement.
The festival, beginning on October 20, will show over 180 films from 54 countries over a week’s time and is being chaired by filmmaker Kiran Rao, who had earlier, however, hoped that Jago Hua Savera would be screened in the festival, stating that artists were meant to bring harmony and connect people.
The NGO Sangharsh on Sunday wrote to the city police commissioner asking for permission to stage protests at the festival venue if the 1958 movie were to be screened.
Directed by AJ Kardar, Jago Hua Savera (The Day Shall Dawn) was earlier screened in the classics section of the Cannes Film Festival. It was selected as the entry from Pakistan for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards in 1960.
Sangharsh’s Prithvi Mhaske, Censor Board member Ashoke Pandit, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri and actor George Baker welcomed the decision.
Pandit, who is also a member of the IMPA which had banned Pakistani actors and technicians from working in the country till the situation normalised, thanked the organisers.
A group of single-screen cinemas said last week they would not screen any films featuring Pakistani artists in protest at the militant raid on an Army base in Kashmir last month.
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