Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Hey heart, it’s difficult)…Yes indeed it’s difficult to understand that in a democratic nation, a Pradhan Sevak can make a surprise visit to the neighbouring country, but movies which cast artists of the same neighbouring country can’t be released in theatres simply because some of the political parties and politicians thereof openly threatened that they won’t allow the screening of such movies in their vicinity. Incidences like this occurs, time and again, but when the government, as well as, those responsible for enforcing law and order themselves look helpless in front of a few politicians, then it somewhere leaves the common man thinking that whether it’s a democratic or a “dominatic” nation, where a few politicians/political parties can dominate others as per their wish.
Just to enlighten all those who are opposing the release of such movies, coincidently the surprise visit of our Pradhan Sevak and making of these movies, more or less, happened during the same period, when our relations with that neighbouring country were supposedly not as sour as they are at the current time. So shouldn’t both these actions be analysed with the same mindset? Why are we differentiating between the working of artists in the movies and the surprise visit of Mr. Pradhan Sevak? If the visit of our Pradhan Sevak is seen as a gesture of friendly relation, then isn’t giving an opportunity to those artists from that very country, also a gesture of friendly relation? Why is it, that, on one hand, the political parties are so keen to take credit of each and every single attempt of theirs towards building a friendly environment with our neighbouring country, while, on the other hand, friendly steps by other individuals/organisations are being questioned, as well as, their patriotism is being challenged?
Undoubtedly, we have to always stand by the side of our soldiers and support our armed forces. I also agree that war and trade can’t go hand in hand. However, shouldn’t that logic apply on each and everything? Shouldn’t we first end all ties with that specific nation, before we brag about not allowing the release of any movie? Did the government of India end all the ties with that specific country, which, for your information, is still on their list of “Most Favoured Nation”? If not, then why are the movies being targeted? Doesn’t such action somewhere justify the point, which the film fraternity keeps on raising, time and again, i.e. “Indian Film Industry is a soft target”?
Before blindly supporting any such acts, we should first give it a thought that is that action socially or politically motivated and does they really have some kind of social cause behind their actions or not. Just getting carried away in the name of false patriotism, is not at all justifiable on our part. People with malicious intentions make a fool of us by playing with our emotions. Tell me, what benefit will we gain by stopping the release of a movie which is already completed? Stopping the release of such movies will only result in a loss of our citizen and in turn to our economy, as a whole, while the artists of the neighbouring country will still get their remuneration in full. So instead of helping our country, these self-acclaimed patriotic souls are, in some way or the other, helping the economy of our neighbouring country, by their violent demonstrations.
Most of the times, these politicians and their political parties (most of which has a regional presence), acts as if they are the Supreme Power in this nation. It somewhere leaves me thinking that is it their weapon of attaining cheap publicity, and, in light of that, fulfill their political ambitions? When the Constitution of India doesn’t give anyone the right to take law in their hand, then how can these politicians think of threatening the citizens of India, every now and then? Who on earth gave them the right to be physically violent against citizens and destroying personal and national property? I fail to understand that why no one in the government has the guts to stop such nuisances happening in a democratic nation. What is stopping them from taking any strict actions against all those who are openly threatening the citizens of our country? For once, can these politicians, think and act, over and above, their selfish political motives?
Herewith, I would like to request the government of India to make their stand clear on allowing any ties with the neighbouring country or not. As the “politically governed” The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a stand of not playing cricket with the neighbouring country, in the same way, the government should issue a guideline with regard to transacting with the neighbouring country, till the time, relations with them are back on track. In absence of a clear message from the government, disturbances like these are bound to occur, every now and then. If the government believes that stopping the release of such movies is a right step, then they should come forward and inform the common citizens of India about the same, in loud and clear words, or else, they should condemn all such violent thoughts and acts. At the same time, the government should ensure that, no matter what, no one is allowed to take law in their hand and those who still dare to do that, should be strictly punished so that they don’t think of doing it in the future again.
I do hope that this controversy ends soon with a peaceful solution and without any loss to any person or property. I wish that the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.
God bless you all!