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Do the Pakistanis not love their children too?

'Main Hoon Na' embodied an optimism about India-Pakistan relationships that's all but lost now

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India-pakistan Tension  |  Pakistan  |  Shah Rukh Khan

Uttaran Das Gupta 



Uttaran Das Gupta

In the very first scene of Farah Khan’s directorial debut, Main Hoon Na (2004), General Amarjeet Bakshi (Kabir Bedi) asks: “Do Pakistanis not love their children?” Bakshi is the architect of a goodwill gesture, titled Project Milaap, under which the Indian government plans to release civilian Pakistani prisoners languishing in Indian jails after mistakenly crossing the border. He is in a TV studio giving an interview about this, when the show is interrupted by Major Raghavan Dutta (Sunil Shetty), an ex-Army officer who has gone rogue and wants to scuttle Project Milaap. General Bakshi’s rhetorical question is in response to Dutta’s claim that would never respond to India’s gesture because it doesn’t want peace.

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First Published: Fri, March 08 2019. 15:23 IST

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