Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Bushan Kapoor were trolled on Twitter by Pakistani users following the announcement of their next feature film. The film is based on the Indian government's claim about 2019 Balakot Airstrikes which Pakistan has denied, and features Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as main character.
"A story of grit, determination and valour! Proud to announce #2019BalakotAirstrike, a tribute to the brave hearts of our country. Written & directed by @Abhishekapoor.@PMOIndia @DefenceMinIndia #SanjayLeelaBhansali @pragyakapoor_ #MahaveerJain @Tseries @gitspictures" Bushan Kapoor said in a Twitter post.
Immediately after Bushan Kapoor broke the news, DG ISPR Asif Ghafoor described the film as a 'sham strike'. " With due respect to WC Abhinandan as a soldier, yes the dream could only be fulfilled through Bollywood. Denial of sham strike on 26 Feb and wreckage of 2 IAF jets shot by PAF on 27 Feb will haunt you despite that. Film on Balakot airstrike and Abhinandan" he said on Twitter.
With due respect to WC Abhinandan as a soldier, yes the dream could only be fulfilled through Bollywood. Denial of sham strike on 26 Feb and wreckage of 2 IAF jets shot by PAF on 27 Feb will haunt you despite that.— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) December 13, 2019
Film on Balakot airstrike and Abhinandan https://t.co/rsZtgNdenD
Several Pakistani users followed suit as they proceeded to troll the producers.
Some went on to remind the producers of Wing Commander Abhinandan's capture.
Tea is fantastic— M. Abdullah (@Abdullah431156) December 14, 2019
Film will show IAF Jets releasing pay load to escape and the following day 2 IAF Jets hit down by PAF and IAF-WC liking Pak Tea.— Engr. Muhammad Anees (@EngrAneesKhan) December 15, 2019
IAF FIASCO STORY😀 pic.twitter.com/jtwFQnoe6n
Certain Twitter users from India also criticised the venture for it fueling state propaganda.
Doesnt matter who stars. Has to be visually stunning with emphatic cinematography on par with Hollywood productions, else you aint got my money.— Hellfire13 (@0darkk30) December 13, 2019
The biggest stars of this story(mission) will be the combat jets anyway.
Before filming such stories, pls make sure, you are not provoking peoples of either side, Be very sensitive while showing such issues.. I personally never appreciate these topics for Movies, and request government to not approve these kind of instance for movies.— Ajay Patkar (@Ashi_17) December 13, 2019
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