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
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.