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'Ye Raste Hain Pyaar Ke': Indian filmmaker wants Fawad Khan to play musician in a movie on peace

04:50 PM | 12 Oct, 2016
'Ye Raste Hain Pyaar Ke': Indian filmmaker wants Fawad Khan to play musician in a movie on peace
MUMBAI - Despite growing tension between India and Pakistan, an award-winning filmmaker of India says he wants to sign Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in a film that would talk about reuniting the warring countries through art and cultural ties.

Shyam Benegal, the pioneer of a new genre called the "middle cinema" in India, is contemplating casting Fawad for his next film, the Times of India reported.

The film is titled 'Ye Raste Hain Pyaar Ke' and will be directed by Harsh Narayan, who has played a pivotal role in strengthening Pakistan-India ties over the last 15 years. The movie will bring a story of two musicians from across the border and their journey of self discovery.

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The Khoobsurat actor is already in talks to play a lead role of a musician for the past three months; however a final confirmation is awaited. “At the moment, he is skeptical about reactions to him working in an Indo-Pak co-production. He has shown a keen interest and will respond as soon as the present situation cools down. We are hoping he agrees to play the lead musician in the film,” Harsh told Mumbai Mirror.

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“Faiz Ahmed Faiz wrote the famous poem, Black-Out, while the 1965 Indo-Pak war was underway. His Subh-e-Azadi: Dawn of Independence faced protests. From 1947 till his death in 1984, Faiz composed poems in which he spoke lovingly about his land and its long-suffering people, their hopes and fears, joys and sorrows. I’m trying to capture that feeling through my film,” he asserted.

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Harsh will be joined by the Pakistani writer-artist Salima Hashmi, daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

The news comes at a time when Bollywood seems divided against casting Pakistani actors in Indian films. Several of Pakistani artistes, including Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan, who were working on different film projects in India were threatened and forced to leave the country in the wake of Uri attacks in Occupied Kashmir.

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Famous celebs like Om Puri, Salman Khan, Karan Johar and Mahesh Butt showed their support for Pakistani actors. Other including Shahrukh Khan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Varun Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan, and many others strongly reacted and criticized Pakistan and its artists while going with the flow of nationalism.

Also, Central Board of Film Certification chief Pahlaj Nihalani stated that he was totally against Pakistani actors working in Bollywood films.

In these circumstances, this wish of Benegal, who leads CBFC Revamp Committee, to work with Fawad Khan might receive strong criticism from the movie industry in India.

We can only hope it turns out to be in favor of love and only the peace prevails all over the world.

The writer is a member of the staff.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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