The Jio MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival won’t screen the Pakistani film, ‘Jago Hua Savera’, in its special section this year.
This comes after Mumbai-based social organisation Sangharsh threatened to protest against the film and accused the organisers of playing with the nationalist sentiment of people of India, at a time when Pakistan and India are at all time high.
The organisation had also sought police permission to protest over the screening of the 1958 Pakistani film.
Filmmaker AJ Kardar’s restored black-and-white film Jago Hua Savera (1958) has in poetic form portrayed the struggles of East Bengali fishermen and their families and their dreams of owning individual boats.
Prithvi Maske, president of the NGO, also filed an FIR at Amboli police station against MAMI, and said: “The organisers of this event are more likely to flare the outrage among people by screening this Pakistani film in their film festival. This will just not be acceptable as it will give rise to more tension and outrage among the people.”
A report suggest that they would protest outside Infiniti Mall (one of the festival venues in suburban Mumbai) if the organisers went ahead with the screening.
Jago Hua Savera was Pakistan’s official entry to the 1960 Oscars and was made in East Pakistan which is now a part of Bangladesh.
For the moment, Mumbai police is yet to grant permission to the NGO to protest against the film.
The film was set to be screened in the ‘restored classic’ section of the festival, which is chaired by superstar Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao.
The 18th edition of the festival will be held from October 20-27 in which over 180 films from 54 countries would be screened at several spots across the megapolis.