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Bollywood’s Portrayal of Pakistan in Films


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The recently released trailer for Siddharth Anand’s Fighter has sparked a debate about the portrayal of Pakistan in Bollywood films. The movie, featuring Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and Anil Kapoor, revolves around the character Shamsher “Patty” Pathania, a member of the Indian Air Force who grapples with the 2019 Pulwama attack. The incident led to strained Pakistan-India relations and a military standoff. The trailer, initially depicting a coming-of-age story about pilots, transitions into what some perceive as a display of jingoism, particularly in its portrayal of Pakistan.

This has reignited the discussion about the representation of Pakistan in Indian cinema, with some arguing that Bollywood’s fixation on demonizing Pakistan is outdated and does not resonate with contemporary audiences. The article also highlights the need for a more nuanced and sensitive approach to portraying geopolitical tensions in films, especially in the current global context. The trailer has prompted a broader conversation about the responsibility of filmmakers in addressing sensitive political subjects in their work.

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