12 directors from Pakistan and India come together in poem for peace

Published: March 21, 2016
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The initiative launched at Wagah border has brought together directors to create 12 different films.
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The initiative launched at Wagah border has brought together directors to create 12 different films. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB

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

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3. Saari Raat

Filmmaker: Aparna Sen

Cast: Konkana Sen Sharma, Ritwik Chakraborty, Anjan Dutt

4. Laloolal.com

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

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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

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9. Silvat

Filmmaker: Tanuja Chandra

Cast: Kartik Tiwari, Meher Mistry

10. Mohabbat Ki Aakhri Kahaani

Filmmaker: Siraj-Ul-Haque

Cast: Saba Qamar, Ahsan Khan

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11. Dobaara

Filmmaker: Bejoy Nambiar

Cast: Manav Kaul, Parvathy Omanakuttan

12. Jeewan Haathi

Filmmakers: Meenu Gaur & Farjad

Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Adnan Jaffar, Samiya Mumtaz, Hina Dilpazeer

PHOTO: FILE

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  • brar
    Mar 22, 2016 - 6:42AM

    Good luck there is no alternative of peace ? Tobba Take Singh is a master piece on partition by Sadat Hassan Manto his ancetoral village is only 2 kms away from mine in Teh Samrala District Ludhiana.Recommend

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