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Bollywood's Indo-Pak debate brews fresh trouble for Emraan Hashmi's film Captain Nawab

Captain Nawab currently awaits clearance from the ministry of defence

Nanda Das @nanda1das 23 February 2018, 5:30 PM
Emraan plays a double agent in Captain Nawab

Emraan plays a double agent in Captain Nawab Image: Getty

Emraan Hashmi's production, Captain Nawab, where he will be seen acting as well, is in choppy waters as India-Pakistan debates reignite in Bollywood. The ministry of defence has been reviewing the script of the spy thriller, thereby putting the shoot on hold for some time.

The film, directed by Tony D'Souza, who worked with Hashmi in Azhar (2016), will talk about the sensitive relationship between the two countries. Hashmi plays a double agent who represents both India and Pakistan and lands in trouble when the rival countries find out about his betrayal. 

D'Souza, in an official statement, confirmed the news and added that their intentions aren't to hurt anyone's sentiments. “Yes, we have sent the script to the Ministry of Defence. We are awaiting their clearance to proceed with the shoot. Anyone who makes a film on the army doesn’t do it with an intention to hurt anyone’s sentiment. We have a lot of respect for the Indian Armed Forces," read the statement. 

The first schedule of the film has already been wrapped up and the crew is currently waiting for the NOC from the ministry to resume filming portions that feature the Indian Army. "The NOC should come by the end of this month or in the first week of March. Then, we would be good to go," D'Souza added, hoping that there will be no further delay in the project. 

Just a couple of weeks ago, the release of Sidharth Malhotra and Manoj Bajpayee starrer Aiyaary was stalled due to a delay in a clearance from the defence ministry, as reported by self-proclaimed critic, Kamaal R Khan. After that, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) suggested a few cuts. In the end, however, it worked out for Aiyaary as it handed them a solo release, minus Padman Akshay Kumar's colossal presence, on a platter. We can only hope that things work out in the same way for Hashmi's Captain Nawab.

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