Another Indian movie sparks backlash for Islamophobic content

10:39 PM | 5 Jun, 2023
Another Indian movie sparks backlash for Islamophobic content
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The teaser for Indian director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan's film "72 Hoorain" has been released, showcasing the theme of radicalisation in what the filmmakers describe as a "dark comedy."

The late Pakistani actor Rasheed Naz, known for his role in "Khuda Ke Liye," also stars in the film as Sadiq Saeed. Producer Ashok Pandit shared the teaser on Twitter, introducing it as the first look of the movie, set to release on July 7th, and highlighting the concept of meeting 72 virgins versus facing a brutal death as portrayed by terrorist mentors.

However, since the teaser's release, the film, which premiered at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in 2019 and received a special mention for the ICFT-UNESCO GANDHI MEDAL, has faced criticism for allegedly "smearing an entire religion, promoting Islamophobia and reinforcing dangerous stereotypes" about Muslims.

"72 Hoorain," starring Pavan Malhotra and Aamir Bashir, explores the consequences of religious fanaticism. Chauhan, who serves as the film's editor as well, stated that the story serves as a tragic reminder of the power of manipulation and the urgent need to address the root causes of terrorism.

According to Zoom TV, he emphasized that the gradual poisoning of the mind by perpetrators transforms ordinary individuals into suicide bombers, highlighting that even the bombers themselves, who come from families like ours, have fallen victim to the perverted ideologies and brainwashing of terrorist leaders.

The teaser focuses on notorious "religious fanatics" involved in various terrorist attacks, mentioning figures such as Osama Bin Laden, Ajmal Kasab, Yakub Memon, Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, and Sadiq Saeed. Interestingly, it mistakenly states that the World Trade Centre attack occurred in 2011, while it actually happened in 2008.

This error has led to criticism regarding the level of fact-checking in a film dealing with such a sensitive topic. Many individuals on social media platforms are mocking the film and condemning the displayed Islamophobia.

Comments on social media range from pointing out the incorrect date mentioned in the teaser to accusing the Indian film industry of promoting Islamophobia. Some view the movie as propaganda, expressing concerns about the consequences that align with someone's desires rather than the truth. One user referred to it as a "Hindu Raj rebooting..." while another lamented that India has become the epicentre of Islamophobia, expressing disappointment with Pandit.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on Sept 30, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on September 30, 2023 (Saturday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 286.05 289.15
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 353.3 357
U.A.E Dirham AED 80 80.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.75
Australian Dollar AUD 189 191
Bahrain Dinar BHD 778.84 786.84
Canadian Dollar CAD 220 222.2
China Yuan CNY 40.24 40.64
Danish Krone DKK 41.83 42.23
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 37.93 38.28
Indian Rupee INR 3.57 3.68
Japanese Yen JPY 1.63 1.71
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 945.27 954.27
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.62 63.22
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.58 176.58
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.87 28.17
Omani Riyal OMR 762.31 770.31
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 80.69 81.39
Singapore Dollar SGD 208 210
Swedish Korona SEK 26.62 26.92
Swiss Franc CHF 323.01 325.51
Thai Bhat THB 8.12 8.27

Gold Rate in Pakistan Today – September 30, 2023

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,600 on Saturday.

The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs 176,270. Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs168,730 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs196,807.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Today Gold Price in Pakistan - 30 September 2023

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Karachi PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Islamabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Peshawar PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Quetta PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sialkot PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Attock PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujranwala PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Jehlum PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Multan PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Bahawalpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Gujrat PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nawabshah PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Chakwal PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Hyderabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Nowshehra PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Sargodha PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Faisalabad PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450
Mirpur PKR 205,600 PKR 2,450


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