Social media goes crazy as Swara Bhasker calls Pakistan a ‘failing state’


Earlier in a sad turn of events, the all-female starrer Indian movie Veere Di Wedding was banned from release in Pakistan by the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC).

The much-awaited movie was scheduled to release worldwide on June 1, but, before its release, the censor board unanimously decided to ban the film due to vulgar language, objectionable sexual dialogues and the theme of the film as it posed a threat to the morality of the Pakistani society.

The film stars Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania.

Moreover, the distributors also withdrew their application to release it in Pakistan after viewing its ‘questionable’ content.

Following its release, across the globe, except Pakistan of course, a video emerged on social media of the cast’s interview with Indian film critic Rajeev Masand.

Whats so OMG about this interview, you ask? Well, watch for yourself and you will know what we are talking about.

Now, it’s understandable for an actor to be upset that their movie got banned, however, what Swara went on to say was pretty disturbing and hurtful, especially when she referred to Pakistan as a ‘failing state’.

“And why should we hold Pakistan, a failing state as a keep taking pleasure and a sense of self-worth from all the silly things that are happening in Pakistan,” she said, like OUCH, I thought we were supposed to support each other and what not, we are, after all, neighbouring countries.

And then she apologised to all her Pakistani fans, like whaaaattttt??

I mean, we understand that things aren’t all that great in our country, but it is definitely not a ‘failing state.’

Urwa Hocane immediately called out the Bollywood star for her comments: 

Following her comments, of course, social media went bonkers:












Earlier in 2005, Swara had visited Pakistan with a friend and when she came again in 2015, she narrated tales of her first visit on show Mazaaq Raat saying she was absolutely smitten by Lahore.

“My friend and I came here and found that the state which is often viewed as the enemy state, is absolutely not like that at all. The amount of love we have received here. I have travelled to a lot of places, London, New York, Paris, Istanbul, they are all nothing compared to Lahore.”

Yes, it’s unfortunate that the film was banned. Moreover, film, music and art need to be looked individually, outside the political domain. Art is supposed to bring us closer, not push us further away, especially with such statements.