Renowned Indians and Pakistanis came together to celebrate cultural similarities between the two countries in a video which is sure to leave you with a new found love for your neighbour.
The video, which is produced by A Man Film, shows famous Pakistanis and Indians describing what they love about their neighbour.
The video starts off with Indian singer-cum-actor Raageshwari Loomba exclaiming emphatically, “We are just so similar!”
“In my heart, in my soul, I don’t think that we are different. I don’t think that we are separated by a man-made border, we are spiritually united and shall be,” she added.
Ziauddin Yousafzai, Pakistani educational activist and better known as the father of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai said, “This region has for a long time … been a region where Muslims and Hindus have been living together and there was harmony between us, a culture of peace and patience.”
The video then moves on to Falak Shabir, a Pakistani singer, who says, “I’ve never felt the difference, we are very similar. There is only one difference and that is that we have drawn a line and built a wall, if we remove this we are the same.”
Starting off the list of similarities between the two rival countries, Nita Kapoor, Director of Peace Corps Norway, found the “style of dressing, our love of colour, our love of smell” as very similar between the two countries.
Further, Pakistani author Mahmona Khan felt that the two countries shared a similar language, music and food.
Vikram Kolmannskog, an Indian lawyer and writer summed up perfectly the love of mangoes shared equally between the two rival countries when he said, “Indians are very fanatic about their mangoes being the best and I think Pakistanis are the same but I must say I really like Pakistani mangoes!”
Indian TV-personality, Sumeet Singh Patpatia said he loved the ‘huge Pakistani rotis‘ while Pakistani singer Shehzad Roy was all praise for Masala Dosa. Roy also added, “I think there is nothing better than learning as much as possible from each other and exchanging art and culture.”
Abid Raja, Norwegian politician of Pakistani descent, couldn’t stop himself from voicing his love for Indian food. Meanwhile, Indians said they loved Pakistani music, the Urdu language and Lahore.
Cricket and the ‘madness’ at Indian and Pakistani weddings were also mentioned by many.
In the concluding part of the video, Pakistan’s pride Malala Yousafzai made an entrance with beautiful words saying, “If we all try and promise that, each one of us, will do our best, then change will certainly come.”
Well, at least there is something both Pakistanis and Indians agree on. Watch the video here: