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Another day, another Indian show portraying Pakistanis as terrorists

August 23, 2019
 
Another day, another Indian show portraying Pakistanis as terrorists

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The negative portrayal of Pakistanis in Indian films is nothing new. Repetitive storylines depicting our countrymen as terrorists are the plot of dozens of Bollywood movies.

But the latest Indian production to do this has drawn the wrath of Twitter. Twitterati were enraged after watching the trailer of Netflix series, Bard of Blood, which dropped on Thursday.

Actor Mansha Pasha was one of the many who highlighted the need for Bollywood find new storylines.

The series, produced by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, is set in Balochistan. Emraan Hashmi, who plays the role of a RAW agent, is in Balochistan to track down ‘terrorists’ when four Indian spies are captured.

While Indian fans expressed excitement to see Hashmi in a never-before-seen role, Pakistanis and even people from the western countries were furious to discover the plot.

Some were just sad and disappointed to see Khan be a part of a movie that ignites tensions between the neighbouring countries.

Related: Mehwish Hayat calls out filmmakers for the rise of Islamophobia

Some people were quick to point out that the negative portrayal of Pakistanis would fuel the rise of Islamophobia, and agreed with Pakistani actor Mehwish Hayat’s recent statement.

A week ago, Hayat spoke to Sky News and said Pakistanis are stereotyped as backward terrorists, having subjugated women, or always being the villain in movies. She said that the film industry is “demonizing” Pakistanis in films.

She criticized filmmakers for not doing proper research of “what we are, how we are” and said we need to start addressing these issues. Hayat asked for a “fair” portrayal of Pakistanis in movies, if not a positive one.

The Load Wedding star had earlier pointed out that Bollywood and Hollywood have “tarnished the image of Pakistan globally”.

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