Addressing the recent Bombay High Court ruling on Pakistani artists in Indian cinema, Shailja Kejriwal from “Zindagi” shared insights on the impact and potential for Indo-Pak collaborations.
The ruling, which cancelled a ban on Pakistani artists, raised hopes for cross-border projects but also triggered concerns about uncertain political climates affecting film releases.
Expressing a mix of optimism and caution, Kejriwal conveyed, “It's an exhilarating yet concerning decision. Our industry benefits from diverse talents collaborating, but caution prevails given past precedents.”
She highlighted the tentative reaction from across the border, stating, “There's enthusiasm mixed with caution. Everyone's excited, but it feels too good to be true. Opening doors for collaboration is great, but uncertainty lingers.”
Kejriwal stressed the need for reciprocity, hoping the ruling would prompt Pakistani cinemas to welcome Indian films. She emphasized the necessity of protective guidelines, considering the volatile political climate between both nations.
Reflecting on content aspirations for “Zindagi,” Kejriwal expressed plans for unconventional pairings like Fawad Khan with Tabu and Vidya Balan with Hamza Ali Abbasi. Her outlook remains hopeful for fostering more cross-border collaborative opportunities in the future.