IM­POR­TANT TO HAVE INDO-PAK TALKS

Direc­tor Sud­hir Mishra says that if the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two na­tions has to im­prove, var­i­ous is­sues have to be ad­dressed

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Na­tional Award win­ning film­maker Sud­hir Mishra (right) feels that if India and Pak­istan want to im­prove their re­la­tion­ship both po­lit­i­cally and cul­tur­ally, then it is im­por­tant that peo­ple from both sides should address the var­i­ous prob­lems they have with each other. Mishra, best known for his films like Hazaaron Kh­waishein Aisi (2003) Dhar­avi (1992) and Chameli (2003), at a film fes­ti­val. Dur­ing a panel dis­cus­sion, which was aimed at how cin­ema can help peo­ple of India and Pak­istan bridge the cul­tural gap be­tween them, he said, “Even we are a bit con­fused about the im­pact cin­ema has on peo­ple. Of­ten peo­ple be­long­ing to the in­dus­try say that we can never have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the so­ci­ety.”

“But it’s im­por­tant to have these con­ver­sa­tions be­tween the two na­tions, India and Pak­istan, and to share sto­ries through cin­ema with each other. The way of sto­ry­telling is same on both the sides.” he added.

Mishra said that he is never seen as a for­eigner when he trav­els to Pak­istan.

“I can speak Urdu, so when I go to a shop in Karachi, the shop­keeper doesn’t get to know whether I’m from their coun­try or from India. There are a lot of ten­sions be­tween the two na­tions that we don’t even try to address.

“In­dian and Pak­istani sto­ries are very much sim­i­lar, es­pe­cially in the north In­dian con­text. So I feel this ex­change of sto­ries is very im­por­tant. And this should not stop,” he said.

Apart from Mishra, the panel also in­cluded direc­tor Be­joy Nam­biar, vet­eran Pak­istani ac­tor-direc­tor Khalid Ahmed and Pak­istani direc­tor Sabiha Su­mar.

Asked why there isn’t enough ex­change of film ideas be­tween India and Pak­istan, Nam­biar said, “Our sto­ries res­onate well with each other. With the help of in­ter­net,we will def­i­nitely get to see more of Pak­istani cin­ema in com­ing years.

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