Ex-Afghan ambassador to India tells Sanjay Dutt: Hope Panipat kept Indo-Afghan ties in mind Former Afghanistan ambassador to India Dr Shaida Abdali has shown concern over portrayal of Afghanistan’s king Ahmad Shah Abdali in Panipat. The film stars Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in lead roles. ADVERTISEMENT India Today Web Desk New Delhi November 7, 2019UPDATED: November 7, 2019 12:33 IST Sanjay Dutt as Ahmad Shah Abdali in Panipat. Sanjay Dutt as Ahmad Shah Abdali in Panipat. The trailer of Panipat has been in the news for both good and bad reasons. While several Bollywood actors took to social media to laud director Ashutosh Gowariker for a grand film, others trolled the trailer for looking too similar to Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. And what might possibly become a cause of concern for Panipat is the depiction of Ahmad Shah Abdali in the film. Former Afghanistan ambassador to India Dr Shaida Abdali took to Twitter to express his worries about the film. Panipat is b

Ex-Afghan ambassador to India tells Sanjay Dutt: Hope Panipat kept Indo-Afghan ties in mind

Former Afghanistan ambassador to India Dr Shaida Abdali has shown concern over portrayal of Afghanistan’s king Ahmad Shah Abdali in Panipat. The film stars Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon in lead roles.

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India Today Web DeskNew DelhiNovember 7, 2019UPDATED: November 7, 2019 12:33 IST

Sanjay Dutt as Ahmad Shah Abdali in Panipat.

Sanjay Dutt as Ahmad Shah Abdali in Panipat.

The trailer of Panipat has been in the news for both good and bad reasons. While several Bollywood actors took to social media to laud director Ashutosh Gowariker for a grand film, others trolled the trailer for looking too similar to Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat. And what might possibly become a cause of concern for Panipat is the depiction of Ahmad Shah Abdali in the film.

Former Afghanistan ambassador to India Dr Shaida Abdali took to Twitter to express his worries about the film. Panipat is based on the Third Battle of Panipat. The battle took place between Afghanistan’s king Ahmad Shah Abdali and the Maratha empire on January 14, 1761 at Panipat and lasted for several days. Ahmad Shah Abdali defeated the Maratha warriors and slaughtered 40,000 Maratha prisoners in cold blood the day after the battle. The third Battle of Panipat is one of the most significant ones ever fought in the history of India.

In Ashutosh Gowariker’s Panipat, Sanjay Dutt is shown as a fearsome and ruthless Ahmad Shah Abdali in the film Panipat, the first trailer of which was recently released.

Showing concern over Ahmad Shah Abdali’s portrayal in Panipat, Afghanistan’s former ambassador to India Dr Shaida Abdali wrote as response to Sanjay Dutt’s tweet, “Dear @duttsanjay Ji: Historically, the Indian cinema has been extremely instrumental in strengthening the Indo-Afghan ties – I very much hope that the film “Panipat” has kept that fact in mind while dealing with this important episode of our shared history!”

Dr Shaida Abdali
✔@ShaidaAbdali


Dear @duttsanjay Ji: Historically, the Indian cinema has been extremely instrumental in strengthening the Indo-Afghan ties – I very much hope that the film “Panipat” has kept that fact in mind while dealing with this important episode of our shared history! https://twitter.com/duttsanjay/status/1191210862519947264 …

Sanjay Dutt
✔@duttsanjay

 

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Current Afghan Ambassador to India Tahir Qadiri talked about the same to Afghanistan news agency Pajhwok Afghan News, and said, “We are in contact with Indian officials and have shared Afghans’ concern with them.”

Ajmal Alamzai, cultural attaché at the Afghan embassy in New Delhi said that they got to know about the film two years ago. “We have emailed the film director to share the scenario with us but he didn’t. We have tried several times to contact the director, but failed,” he said.

The Afghan officials’ concern is over the portrayal of Ahmad Shah Abdali. Afghanistan and India share cordial ties in the current day and the depiction of Abdali in an insensitive manner might have an effect on that, is what seems to have worried Shaida Abdali.

In last year’s Padmaavat, for example, the manner in which Alauddin Khilji was portrayed, left many historians aghast. Going by the trailer of Panipat, we seem to be looking at a re-run of the same.

Arjun Kapoor is playing the role of the Maratha warrior, Sadashiv Rao Bhau in Panipat and Kriti Sanon is portraying the role of Parvati Bai, Sadashiv’s wife. In the trailer of Panipat, Sadashiv Rao Bhau is seen bravely fighting Ahmad Shah Abdali in the battlefield. The trailer, however, doesn’t make it clear who won the Third Battle Of Panipat.

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