12 directors from Pakistan and India have come together for a groundbreaking project. In a momentous step towards creating peace between the two nations, an initiative launched at the Wagah border has brought together celebrated directors from the neighbouring countries to create 12 different films.
Before releasing their respective films, however, these directors have treated us to a poem about fostering peace.
Aparna Sen, Bejoy Nambiar, Ketan Mehta, Nikkhil Advani, Tanuja Chandra and Tigmanshu Dhulia from India; and Khalid Ahmed, Mehreen Jabbar, Meenu-Farjad, Sabiha Sumar, Shahbaz Sumar and Siraj ul Haque from Pakistan have banded together to narrate the poem written by Kausar Munir.
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Directed by Chinni Nihalani, the poem stresses on the need for both sides to make an effort towards building bridges, with the constant reminder "It takes two."
Pakistani director Khalid Ahmed starts off with "Salam karun ya Namaste kahun, aik hee baat hai."
The poem inspires us to take a step towards building a positive relationship. Through her words, Kausar Munir drives home the point that actions need to be taken to foster peace now -- once and for all.
"Haath mein haath do. Rishta banay ga."
Both sides hold equally responsibility in ridding the countries of their history of animosity.
"Haath milao. It takes two. Galay lag jao. It takes two."
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Here's the full poem:
The 12 upcoming films are:
1. Baarish aur Chowmein
Filmmaker: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Amith Sadh
2. Chotay Shah
Filmmaker: Sabiha Sumar
Cast: Adnan Jaffar, Naveed Shehzad, Tara Mahmood
3. Saari Raat
Filmmaker: Aparna Sen
Cast: Konkana Sen Sharma, Ritwik Chakraborty, Anjan Dutt
Filmmaker: Khalid Ahmad
Cast: Faisal Qureshi, Natasha Portress
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5. Guddu Engiineer
Fimmaker: Nikhil Advani
Cast: Prabuddh Dyma, Pranali Ghoghare
6. Khaemae Mein Matt Jhankain
Filmmaker: Shahbaz Sumar
Cast: Hassan Abbas, Sara Haider
7. Toba Tek Singh
Filmmaker: Ketan Mehta
Cast: Pankaj Kapur, Vinay Pathak
8. Lala Begum
Filmmaker: Mehreen Jabbar
Cast: Marina Khan, Humayun Saeed, Sonia Rehman Qureshi
Filmmaker: Tanuja Chandra
Cast: Kartik Tiwari, Meher Mistry
10. Mohabbat Ki Aakhri Kahaani
Cast: Saba Qamar, Ahsan Khan
Filmmaker: Bejoy Nambiar
Cast: Manav Kaul, Parvathy Omanakuttan
12. Jeewan Haathi
Filmmakers: Meenu Gaur & Farjad
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Adnan Jaffar, Samiya Mumtaz, Hina Dilpazeer
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