Director Shoaib Mansoor, who made two hard-hitting Pakistani films, Khuda Ke Liye and Bol, which left a deep impact on both sides of the border, is all set make his third film. This time, however, Mansoor will move out of his home territory to focus on a much wider issue — Indo-Pak relations.
Mansoor’s last two films have dealt with the socio-cultural, religious and political malaise in Pakistan. He has been threatened for raising his voice against Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan but is now ready to do his third film. It will be a love story set during the 1947 Partition.
Speaking from his home in Pakistan, Mansoor says, “I’ve been deeply troubled by the deteriorating relations between the two countries.
For too long now, we’ve been blaming extraneous forces and a third party for the decline in friendship between the two nations. Why can’t we look within ourselves on why the bond across the border has taken such a beating?”
Since the release of the widely-acclaimed Bol in 2011, Mansoor has been putting finishing touches to the screenplay for his Indo-Pak love story. Now he’s ready to tell his story.
“It cannot be a superficial boy-meets-girl-across-the-barbed-wire story. Cinema in both countries needs to go deeper to pin down the reasons for the rapidly deteriorating relations between India and Pakistan,” says Mansoor.
Apparently, Mansoor has Imran Khan and a new Pakistani actress in mind for this Indo-Pak love story.