In the wake of Uri attack and IMPPA temporarily putting a ban on Pakistani artists, Harsh Narayan who has been working to promote cross-border peace for the past 15 years, has approached Fawad Khan to direct him in his upcoming project.
The venture titled Ye Raste Hain Pyar Ke will chronicle the journey of two musicians who will tour the two countries and during the course will discover themselves. The movie has also got the back of Shyam Benegal and will have him in the producer’s seat.
Talking about the film, Narayan said, “I believe there couldn’t be a better time to put out a film that explores love and peace and promotes humanity,“ Narayan says, noting that Saadat Hasan Manto wrote his best work, including Toba Tek Singh, during the Partition. "Faiz Ahmed Faiz wrote the famous poem, Black-Out, while the 1965 Indo-Pak war was underway. His Subh-e-azadi: Dawn of Independence faced protests. From 1947 till his death in 1984, Faiz composed poems in which he spoke lovingly about his land and its long-suffering people, their hopes and fears, joys and sorrows. I’m trying to capture that feeling through my film.”
Mr. Benegal , speaking on the film asserted, “People called me mad when I was making Ankur! I have found another mad-creative filmmaker in Harsh. He is capable, hard-working and can take on all the creative responsibilities necessary in making this film.”
Notably, the announcement came at a time when movies like Raees and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Pak actors are already facing a threat.