Films can promote peace between India and Pakistan

December 4th, 2007 - 6:31 pm ICT by admin  

Lahore, Dec 4 (ANI): Films can play a pivotal role in promoting peace between India and Pakistan, Bollywood film producer Anwar Jamal has said.
“Cinema can play an important role in condemning violence. It can be a new beginning for both countries,” the Daily Times quoted Jamal, as saying.
“We should understand that India and Pakistan are fundamentally different because they have different religions and ideologies. It is only art that can bring them closer,” he added.
On both sides, people want to meet their loved ones, said Jamal, adding, “Some of my close relatives lived in Karachi before the Partition. I want to meet them, but do not know if they are still alive.”
“Hope is the only way to success and creativity. Our cinema should give hope to the people,” he said
Jamal, who attended the World Performing Arts Festival held here from November 22 to December 2, said Pakistan had produced wonderful writers like Intezar Hussain, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and singers like Tina Sani, Abida Parveen and Iqbal Bano, but something important needs to take place in filmmaking.
“Pakistanis are inspired by Bollywood cinema, but they dont try to improve their own cinema,” Jamal said.
Several people, including producer Govind Nihalani, had talked about co-production, he said.
“Co-production does not mean only financing and technology; it includes actors, musicians, poets, script writers,” Jamal added. (ANI)

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