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.
India Today Web DeskNew DelhiNovember 7, 2019UPDATED: November 7, 2019 12:33 IST
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!”
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 …
Ahmad Shah Abdali – Death strikes where his shadow falls.
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