Indian filmmaker hopes to promote peace with Pak-India music story

Indian filmmaker hopes to promote peace with Pak-India music story

Could Fawad Khan be in the film? That's what Indian tabloids are suggesting
Updated 12 Oct, 2016

A Pak-India film is in the works, and its message is simple: give peace a chance.

The film will be directed by Harsh Narayan, a long-time advocate of Pak-India friendship, reports Ahmedabad Mirror. Narayan has been an avid supporter of the cross-exchange of musicians in the last 15 years.

In his upcoming film titled Ye Raste Hain Pyar Ke, he tells a story close to his real-life efforts. Two musicians cross borders for a tour of both Pakistan and India and discover themselves in the process.

The rumour mill suggests that Fawad Khan is being roped in the role of one of the musicians, but there is no confirmation of this from the director's side.

Not deterred by the ongoing Pak-India tensions, Narayan believes that this is the perfect time to tell such a story.

“I believe there couldn’t be a better time to put out a film that explores love and peace and promotes humanity,” Narayan says, adding that “Faiz Ahmed Faiz wrote the famous poem, Black-Out, while the 1965 Indo-Pak war was underway. His Subh-e-azadi: Dawn of Independence faced protests. From 1947 till his death in 1984, Faiz composed poems in which he spoke lovingly about his land and its long-suffering people, their hopes and fears, joys and sorrows. I'm trying to capture that feeling through my film.”

The film has received support from several prominent personalities, such as Mahesh Bhatt who believes the film’s idea “has immense possibilities and it affirms life in a very elementary way”. Bhatt has joined the film as creative advisor, as has Pakistani writer/artist Salima Hashmi.

Ms Hashmi spoke highly of Narayan's efforts for peace.

“Harsh has played a pivotal role in forging friendships between the Indian and Pakistani youth. For the last decade, students have worked with him and travelled to India in groups to meet young people at different venues, participating in cultural activities including music and theatre to learn from each other and to promote peace. He is continuing his work in the same direction through films.”


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Nausheen M Oct 12, 2016 01:37pm
Artists from both sides of the border want peace in their own interest. We don't want peace at the price of our country's honor. Let them go and work and stay there for the rest of their lives like Adnan Sami.
MA Oct 12, 2016 10:10pm
They want peace for thier own self
Free Oct 12, 2016 11:42pm
@Nausheen M What do you mean their own interest. I would really like to know your views after war where even single family member of yours loses life. War kills and does no benefit to anyone.
Zak Oct 14, 2016 09:45am
These actors should not waste time promoting unachievable peace . If they want to achieve peace, then they should address the kashmir issue and make films which change indian mindset to allow UN plebiscite in Kashmir. That will be positive contribution not useless movies and music , pretending the injustice of kashmir can be ignored in IOK.
Zak Oct 14, 2016 09:47am
@Free good point , now let's start asking kashmiris in IOK how would they like to answer your question. They have lived war, death and destruction for 70 years. You want a false peace for us, at their expense.