Swara Bhasker being schooled by Pakistani-Indian citizens and celebrities alike for calling Pakistan a “failing state”

Swara Bhasker being schooled by Pakistani-Indian citizens and celebrities alike for calling Pakistan a “failing state”

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Bollywood’s latest female-centric flick, Veere Di Wedding is the most recent film to be banned by the Censor Board of Film Censors (CBFC) from releasing in Pakistan. According to their findings, the film had “vulgar language” and “questionable content”.

From the looks of the trailer, Veere Di Wedding is Bollywood’s closest remake of Sex and the City.
A tale of four girlfriends who are wading through the rough waters of romance, marriage and family, all the while supporting each other and finding solace in friendship. For South Asian audiences, this movie is almost a pioneer in terms of showing female friendship as its central plot, as opposed to a female’s quest for love.

Whilst it might have its pitfalls when viewed from a feminist lens, the film undoubtedly has the potential to leave its mark on South Asian audiences worldwide, particularly a lot of educated and independent women.

Veere Di Wedding actor Swara Bhasker came under the spotlight last week for calling Pakistan a “failing state” while commenting on her film’s ban in Pakistan at an online talk show.

Her comment, of course, did not go down well with people in Pakistan and celebrities like Urwa Hocane and Gohar Rasheed called her out for the careless remark as well as her hypocrisy. They reminded her of her 2015 remarks on Pakistani chat show Mazaaq Raat, in which she referred to Lahore as the “best” she has ever visited.

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Swara has responded to the backlash in as cavalier a manner as she made the offending remarks. Since her comment also sparked criticism in India, she said she’s happy to have brought Pakistan and India closer.

 

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