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Afghanistan raises alarm over the reel on third battle of Panipat

Earlier, the Afghan Embassy to India in a letter to the MEA expressed concerns over the contents of the movie. “…any insensitive/distorted depiction of his character might provoke emotions of Afghans which could be unfairly exploited by others to ...

, ET Bureau|
Nov 13, 2019, 07.30 AM IST
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Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister meets Indian envoy over the yet-to-be-released movie.
New Delhi: Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister Idrees Zaman has raised with Indian envoy to Kabul Vinay Kumar the issue of Afghan sensitivities surrounding the upcoming Sanjay Dutt-starrer Panipat that focuses on emperor Ahmad Shah Abdali.

The Panipat movie was also the subject of Monday’s Wolesi Jirga meeting (lower House of the Afghan Parliament), with the MPs warning against any perceived insult to Afghan King Abdali in the film.

“Acting minister of foreign affairs H.E. Idrees Zaman met in his office with the Ambassador of the Republic of India to Kabul Vinay Kumar, this afternoon. The two sides, in this meeting, recalling the important historical ties, discussed ways to further strengthen relations between Afghanistan and India. The meeting focused on the theme of the upcoming Bollywood film ‘Panipat’ as well as the two countries’ stance in relation to this cinematic art work,” according to a statement issued by the Afghan foreign ministry following the meeting held in Kabul on Sunday.

Panipat is an upcoming historical war film directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar based on the third battle of Panipat with Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon in the cast scheduled for release on December 6. There are perceptions that the movie has insulted Ahmed Shah Abdali, prompting sharp reactions from many Afghan citizens.

Earlier, the Afghan Embassy to India in a letter to the MEA expressed concerns over the contents of the movie. “…any insensitive/distorted depiction of his character might provoke emotions of Afghans which could be unfairly exploited by others to adversely affect the trust and harmony that exists so well among the people of two countries.”

The letter requested the MEA to arrange a meeting between Tahir Qadiry, charge d’ affairs of the Embassy of Afghanistan, and information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar at the earliest to discuss the film. Former Afghanistan ambassador to India Shaida Abdali took to Twitter to express his worries on the film.

India and Afghanistan share cordial ties and similar concerns over Pakistan-based cross-border terror and the depiction of Abdali in an insensitive manner might have an effect on that, is what seems to have worried Shaida Abdali.

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