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Fatima Bhutto argues that “Pathaan” covers the BJP’s Kashmir human rights abuses.

A columnist dissected India's fascination with Pakistan in Modi-era cinema.


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While Mission Majnu was highly criticized in Pakistan for its ridiculous image of Pakistanis and daring attempt to rewrite history, Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan was illegally screened in Karachi’s DHA at the insistence of SRK fans due to its breaking box office record in India, and beyond. Pathaan has been deemed RSK’s greatest film.

However, acclaimed writer and columnist Fatima Bhutto has revealed the government’s intention to “give cover” for the BJP’s grave human rights violations in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which granted the province autonomy. Fatima Bhutto dissected India’s preoccupation with Pakistan, as shown in Razi, Uri, Mission Majnu, and Pathaan, in her newest Guardian column.

She remembered Pathaan opening in Lahore with a Pakistani general objecting to Modi’s Article 370 pullout. The general contacts a psychotic terrorist to “throw India to its knees” in his final years. “Pathaan’s premise is absurd, and no one wears many clothes as they dance in bikinis and shorts striving to save India and, hence, the world,” writes Bhutto. “It is naturally unconcerned with facts—Article 370 was the tool that allowed Kashmir’s ascension into the Indian union; if it is declared null and void, Kashmir’s ascension to India is also null and void.”Why care about facts or Kashmiris’ opinions? “This vapid film has none,” she says.

“Homicidal maniacs” and “valiant government operatives with pectoral muscles” are shown in the film, according to the New Kings of the World writer. Bhutto says, “To bring up an event such as the degradation of Kashmir as a pleasant story point is beyond terrible.” Bollywood can’t set Modi’s quasi-fascist BJP’s political objectives to entertaining music and helicopter acrobatics.

Fatima Bhutto also criticizes Shah Rukh Khan, India’s largest Muslim star, for not criticizing Modi’s government, which is “globally recognized for its anti-Muslim persecution after depriving Muslims of their citizenship.” “Admirers of Modi’s BJP and its politics slaughter Muslims, capturing their terrible executions on cell phones to distribute around WhatsApp as viral trophies,” she said, recalling the foreboding National Registry of Citizenship Act, which branded 700,000 Indian Muslims, unlawful immigrants.

Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday tweet was shared by the writer. “Thank you for caring for our nation and its people.” “May you be strong and healthy to achieve all your dreams,” SRK wrote. “Quite a thing to wish for a man who allegedly oversaw the deaths of 2,000 Muslims and the systematic rape of hundreds of women in Gujarat during the 2002 riots,” Bhutto said.

She criticized Bollywood for its “nasty” representation of Pakistanis and Muslims, naming several films. “January also saw Netflix release Mission Majnu, a lackluster drama about Indian spies discovering Pakistan’s nuclear program,” she adds.

Fatima Bhutto praises Pakistan for making films on “trans love stories, feminine desire, and the corrosive societal power of patriarchal fundamentalists” and music that questions borders. “Double weird, where culture is no longer used to extend dialogue but rather to suffocate it,” she says of India. 

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