A few days ago, it was reported that Meghna Gulzar's Raazi currently making waves at the box office in Bollywood, won't release in Pakistan allegedly due to its content showing the country in a poor light. The film is about a girl, Sehmat (played by Alia Bhatt) who gets married into a Pakistani film to spy for her country before the 1971 war. The information that she provided the Indian armed forces proved to be crucial for the war.
Now, director, Meghna Gulzar has said that Pakistanis have immensely liked her film because she is not jingoistic in her narrative and portaryal. In an interview to the Times of India, Meghna Gulzar has said that Pakistanis who reside out of Pakistan (like Dubai) have liked the film immensely and the she is satisfied with their feedback. “Pakistanis who assumed that it will run down their country – when they saw it, they were surprised. They have come on social media to talk about it. This dialogue is my reward. This is the message I wanted to put across,” Meghna Gulzar told ToI.
Why did Pakistanis like her movie? “To love your country does not mean to hate another. The two are not related. So, okay, I may not be a Pakistan-hater, so what? Does that mean that I don’t love my country? The two are not connected. In my orbit and my soul, they’re not connected. I can love my country without hating the saamne wala. It’s as simple as that. 95% of responses have been from people appreciating the fact that it is not jingoistic, especially in today’s time. It feels good to hear that.”
Apparently, the film has released in Pakistan in the grey market and is quite popular there. In India, the movie has done very good business with a good opening during the weekend. It has already crossed over INR 55 crore, according to box office websites, and if it holds steady, it may enter the 100-crore mark.