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Mumbai film fest in trouble over Pakistani movie

NGO files police complaint against the festival over the planned screening of 1959 Pakistani film ‘Jago Hua Savera’

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A police complaint has been filed against Jio Mami 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star, where a Pakistani film will be screened later this month.

Prithvi Maske, who filed the complaint at Amboli police station on Saturday, said: “Our intentions are very clear. We will protest against the festival if they showcase this film. We will be protesting outside Infinity Mall, where the event is taking place.”

Maske is the president of the Sangharsh Foundation, an NGO in Mumbai.

Jio Mami 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star, which will begin from October 20, will showcase the 1959 Pakistani film Jago Hua Savera, directed by A.J. Kardar.

More than 180 films from 54 countries, including features, documentaries and short films are to be showcased at the festival.

After the September 18 terrorist attack at Uri army camp, ties between India and Pakistan have worsened. The right-wing political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena had issued an ultimatum to Pakistani artists to leave India.

The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association passed a resolution banning Pakistanis from working in films being made in India.

In retaliation, some Pakistani theatre chains banned the screening of Indian films.