Did You Know The Frenzy Pakezaah's Telecast Caused In Pakistan?

Did you know that Bollywood icons sashaying at the Cannes Film Festival get a better visual display in Pakistani media than their own in India?

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Written By: Entertainment Desk
Updated: June 04, 2023 | 11:00 IST
Did you know this fact about Bollywood movie Pakeezah?

Did you know that Bollywood icons sashaying at the Cannes Film Festival get a better visual display in Pakistani media than their own in India? Not surprising, because Pakistanis may love or hate India, but they cannot ignore Bollywood. There may be some ‘patriotic’ breaks each time the relations sour, but it does not take long to return to business as usual. 

It was always so! After the bitterness the 1971 conflict caused, Pakistanis abroad sought to display their patriotic zeal by boycotting Bollywood films. But then, Pakeezah came along. They trooped back saying, “It’s a film, after all.” 

Did you know the frenzy Pakeezah's telecast caused in Pakistan way back in 1973? Pakeezah’s telecast on Doordarshan emptied out the Lahore roads. People without TV antennae at home raided, of all the places, cycle shops, to turn the cycle wheels into antennae. 

Not the latest though, but the new trend is to take note of the Bollywood stars, wherever they are, but certainly, at events like Cannes or Oscars. Pakistani winners of the film "Joyland' were not prepared for the fashion bonanza. So they made a virtue of simplicity. Elegantly dressed, but there was nothing anywhere near an Aishwarya Rai display. For good measure, they have praised Nandita Das, always in a saree, mildly telling off the fashion-fired Bollywood colleagues that Cannes is “a festival of films, not of fashion.”

Last month, the Express Tribune of Pakistan took note, with huge pics of two Bollywood splashes at Cannes. Anushka Sharma made her much-awaited debut as the film festival wrapped up. “The star walked the red carpet in a gorgeous Richard Quinn cream creation. The actor looked breathtaking in a dress from the British designer's Fall 2023 ready-to-wear collection.
“The look ticked all the right boxes as the cream-coloured embellished gown perfectly fit her curves and gave her an alluring sensual silhouette. Styled by Priyanka Kapadia, the actor accessorized minimally in dainty Chopard drop earrings and blingy baubles for the fingers and finished off with silver Gianvito Rossi heeled sandals,” the newspaper goes on.

It recalled the ‘strong’ Indian representation, with Deepika Padukone leading the pack as a jury member. Other Indian attendees included actors Pooja Hegde, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tamannaah Bhatia, Grammy-winning composers AR Rahman and Rickey Kej, and actor R Madhavan.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is a veteran of the Cannes Film Festival, made back-to-back appearances at the event. In the past, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, and other Indian celebrities have made a splash at the festival with their stunning red-carpet appearances. 

Did you know that the Pakistani media has turned from critics to admirers of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his forthcoming ‘Heeramandi”?

Keeping a tab on the progress since 2021, it also speculated that it would be “a mix of sex and slang”, alluding to the two things for which the Heeramandi locality was once famous. The Express Tribune now reflects “concerns” over the reports that Bhansali is to reshoot some portions and expresses “fear” that the “highly anticipated” release might be delayed. 

 The series soon to be on Netflix is all about the famed Lahore locality of that name famous for entertainment. It is located in pre-partition Lahore of the 1940s. Much has changed since. But the Pakistani media had earlier questioned Bhansali’s ability to re-create an authentic Lahore of those times, the language, the nuances et al. But they have gingerly acknowledged that he, perhaps, can, after seeing his Gangubai Kathiwadi, which shows Bombay of the 1950s.

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