Actor and director Nandita Das is in Karachi from India for the first Pakistan International Film Festival (PIFF) that will run till April 1. She was also present on Thursday at the premiere of Cake.
With the ban on Pakistani artists working in Bollywood for quite some time now, Nandita in a recent interview dismissed the ban and stated, “There should be no restrictions on borders.” She further went on to say, “I am in Pakistan to break these barriers. We are neighbours, friends and share similar food, language and culture so it’s bizarre that restrictions are placed on us visiting the other country or viewing their works.”
The filmmaker last visited Karachi nine years ago during the Kara Film Festival in 2009, although she has been to Lahore a few times since. She is currently directing a film on author Manto. According to Nandita, Manto is both Pakistani and Indian and a “true South Asian.” She added, “I would love to bring Manto to Pakistan because he is also from here.”
Apart from Nandita Das, other Indian filmmakers and artists who are a part of the PIFF include actor Vinay Pathak, director/producer Saket Chaudhry and director and screenwriter SS Rajamouli, whose film Baahubali is being screened at the festival.
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