Respecting the national sentiments, the screening of 1959 Pakistani classic JAGO HUA SAVERA (aka DAY SHALL DAWN - English title) at the upcoming 18th edition of the MAMI festival won't happen.DAY SHALL DAWN
The 18th edition of the poplar International film festival in Mumbai - MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Film Images) kicks off from 20th October running till 27th October 2016. Previously, the film was included in the retrospectives section.
In a brief circulated to the media, MAMI had stated that, “Given the current situation, the JIO MAMI 18th Mumbai Film Festival with Star has decided not to programme ‘JAGO HUA SAVERA as part of the Restored Classics Section.'
The decision is in response to a police complaint against the festival for its proposed screening of the film by a non-government organization called ‘Sangharsh Foundation' which demanded the ban on screening of the film and threatened that they will protest at the venue if their demands are not fulfilled.
The scrapping of this 1959 Pakistani classic is the continuation of India's Ban Pak sentiments following the ban on signing Pak artiste by IMPAA (Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association) earlier and the recent decision by COEAI (Cinema Owners and Exhibitors Association of India) not to screen movies starring Pakistani artiste.
Directed by AJ Kardar JAGO HUA SAVERA is an example of innovative filmmaking in those early days.
The movie which tells the story of the life of a fisherman is reportedly digitally restored and screened this year in the Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival and was also filmed in London and Edinburgh.
The movie is considered to be a rare example of Indo -Pak collaboration. It starred Indian actress Tripti Mitra and Pakistani actor Zurain Rakshi.