If the recent Tanishq advertisement and Akshay Kumar’s Diwali release Laxmii sparked outrage by Hindus over the Muslim man-Hindu woman marriage theme, it’s because popular cinema and entertainment celebrates only this theme and seldom shows the reverse, that is, the Hindu man-Muslim woman relationship.
So-called ‘liberals’ have derided the Hindu reaction as a ‘regressive’ sentiment against love itself. One wonders if the same liberals would openly deride BR Ambedkar too for expressing similar concerns in his seminal 1945 work ‘Pakistan, or The Partition of India’, where he wrote, “…the Hindus are right when they say that it is not possible to establish social contact between Hindus and Muslims because such contact can only mean contact between women from one side and men from the other.”
To substantiate his point, Ambedkar even compared this concern of Hindus with that of Europeans.
“It is interesting to note the argument which the Europeans who are accused by Indians for not admitting them to their clubs use to defend themselves. They say, “We bring our women to the clubs. If you agree to bring your women to the club, you can be admitted. We can’t expose our women to your company if you deny us the company of your women. Be ready to go fifty-fifty, then ask for entry in our clubs,” he wrote.
This skewed interfaith relationship pattern was one of the many reasons that Ambedkar cited to advocate complete transfer of India’s Muslim population to the proposed Pakistan.
Indeed, going by all available data, interfaith relations or marriages between Hindus and Muslims in India have an overwhelming number of Hindu women who convert to Islam.
However, instead of acknowledging the skewed pattern, which clearly favours Islamists, as a concern, liberals in India actively support it through their writings and speeches.
The most potent propaganda tool is cinema and entertainment. Hence the chosen theme in the Tanishq advertisement and film Laxmii.
An interesting but not-so-surprising observation in this regard is that if ‘secular’ Bollywood pushes this propaganda subtly, the openly Islamist Lollywood promotes it blatantly. (Bollywood means Mumbai-based Indian film industry and Lollywood means Lahore-based Pakistani film industry.)
In this piece, we have reviewed two hit Pakistani films that have Muslim man-Hindu woman themes. Both films feature Pakistani superstar Shaan Shahid, who has acted in over 200 films and is considered one of Pakistan’s highest-paid actors.
Though Shaan, as a writer, actor and director, has a long history of making Anti-India and anti-Hindu films, he was offered a major role by Aamir Khan in 2008 Bollywood film Ghajini. Shaan famously rejected the role.
The first film is Border (2002). It is based on religious enmity between fictitious Major Bharat from the Indian Army and Major Khalid from the Pakistani Army (played by Shaan Shahid).
We found the film an unbearable watch thanks to bad screenplay and direction as well as cringe-worthy over-the-top religious propaganda, but that’s besides the point.
We are focussing on a sub-plot in the film about a love story between Khalid and an Indian woman named Preeti.
For the uninitiated, the propaganda that Indian Armymen rape Muslim women and Muslim men are much stronger than Hindu men are common themes in many Pakistani films, and Border has both.
The love story unfolds like this: Khalid and Bharat go to Dubai for a boxing competition that is attended by Preeti as a chief guest. She is introduced as daughter of the Indian Ambassador in Dubai named Gopichand.
— to swarajyamag.com