Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra proudly advertised his upcoming patriotic film on social media that pissed off many viewers. However, instead of spewing venom against their Indian counterparts, Pakistani movie fans decide to laugh it off like it didn’t matter. Mission Majnu looks like another propaganda movie against Pakistan like Border, Gaddar, or most recently Bhuj.
According to reports, it is inspired by real events but the majority knows that Bollywood’s “real events” are too far from reality. Anyway, the film is directed by Shantanu Bagchi and stars Sidharth Malhotra and Rashmika Mandanna in lead roles. It is reportedly going to release in theatres on 13 May 2022.
The actor shared the plot with a still of him engaged in a telephonic conversation. According to the description of the film, it is set in the 1970s and tells the story of an Indian spy on a mission to derail Pakistan’s “nuclear ambitions”.
Mission Majnu Becomes Target of Trolls
After having a first look at Mission Majnu, the first thing Pakistanis did was to bring up the horrifying T20 World Cup match. Critics argued that Bollywood was trying to lick its wounds by making a patriotic movie after suffering an unimaginable defeat by Pakistan. The film also seemed interested in Pakistan’s nuclear technology so meme-makers shared pictures of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan and jokingly said that these two were the only nukes India needed to worry about.
Meanwhile nuclear weapons: pic.twitter.com/HlWoWfaZiU— Anwaar Bin Liaqat (@anwaarbinliaqat) November 2, 2021
Reminder of Real Events
Critics often use the situation of Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as a perfect tool to embarrass Indians on many occasions. According to reports, the Pakistan army captured Abhinandan after shooting down his combat aircraft during India’s surgical strike on Balakot in 2019. After some time, Pakistan let him go but could not stop him from becoming a popular meme format. Intellectual Indians have also condemned their media for showing fake news about the incident and praised Pakistan’s gesture of kindness by returning the captured attacker.
However, it seems that Bollywood is still hell-bent on the anti-Pakistan agenda with Mission Majnu. Therefore, critics have been reminding the propaganda artists about the friendliness Pakistan has shown to India.
2 sal pehle ye B aya Tha..— Abdul waheed (@Waheedhunmai) November 2, 2021
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Is Pakistan’s Name Vital for Bollywood Business?
Many social media trollers have pointed out how some Bollywood films like Mission Majnu have been obsessed with Pakistan. They look for different ways to cash in the criticism associated with Pakistan. Moreover, India itself has created many notorious stories surrounding Pakistan through its widespread disinformation campaign. The patriotic films of India probably have been doing their research from the same sources, which EU Disinfo Lab declared as false. As per critics, movies with the Indian narrative against Pakistan can help Bollywood to attract excited Hindutva extremists and leach money off them.
Yeah, make movies against Pakistan, call it "based on real events" and earn lot of money…— Waqar Ahmad (@WaqarShan927) November 2, 2021
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Bollywood is also famous for its audacity to copy Pakistani songs in an anti-Pakistan movie, like Noor Jahan’s Coca-Cola song for the film Bhuj.