Pakistan banned the screening of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ in its homeland for patriotic reasons. In India the same movie was aired on national television by ‘Sony’ on this independence day.
Pakistan felt its esteemed government organisation ‘ISI’ was portrayed in a bad light in the film. The message the movie conveys is that when an Indian ‘RAW’ agent and a Pakistani ‘ISI’ agent fall in love; they manage to abscond from their respective nations. In however heroic a manner their acts may be portrayed, the fact remains that the two protagonists place their love interest far above duty towards their country or organisation. One of the first lessons in the armed forces is to place ‘Service Before Self’. In my opinion this film was therefore far from patriotic; and did not deserve the adulation it received.
Our youth probably get blinded by the popularity of its top Bollywood hero and heroine; and thereby relate to whatever they portray. They do not question the morality or righteousness of their actions. This particular movie recorded the highest opening when released on Eid. It has also been the second highest money spinner.
Just imagine the chaos that would emerge if even 10 percent of our special forces start emulating ‘ Salman Khan ‘ in the course of their duty. The result would be total chaos and anarchy. No wonder the morale of our armed forces is low, as so many suicide attempts and attacks on seniors are reported. The film media and critics should take their responsibility more seriously ; and avoid displaying so called heroism which further confuses our soldiers and society.