Thursday, July 7, 2022

Indian war fever: Modi govt tasked Bollywood to brand captured pilot a hero


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

After failed air strikes against neighbouring country Pakistan, Modi led government pushed Bollywood industry to start campaign for the release of captured Indian Air force pilot held by Pakistan armed forces after his MiG-21 downed in a dog fight violating Pakistan’s air space.

IAF pilot on Wednesday morning was captured in the territory of Pakistan after his plane was downed by young Pakistani jet fighter pilot ‘Hasan’ who chased and downed Indian air force MiG-21. The captured wing commander Abhi Nandan as POW treated well by the Pakistani forces as per IWLs.


Read also: Pakistan knocks down two IAF jets 2 Indian pilots killed, one arrested: DG ISPR


The opposition parties held ruling party collision responsible for the war fever ignited by Modi to gain public sympathies for the general election scheduled to be held in May this year.

According to the media reports, Indian entertainment industry is tasked to start campaign for the release of IAF captured pilot Abhi Nandan.

Indian celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh, Sushmita Sen, Emraan Hashmi, Suriya Sivakumar, Swara Bhasker, Karan Johar, Hrithik Roshan, Celina Jaitly, Taapsee Pannu became a part of the release campaign.

Surprisingly a family member of Pakistan’s political party PPP, Fatima Bhutto also joins the release campaign, she seems to be tuned in the same tone of Indian entertainment industry.

Instead endorsing on bravery of Pakistani pilot Hasan, in a tweet, Fatima Bhutto said Pakistan must maintain this profoundly moral stand. It would be an important gesture to release the captured Indian air force pilot.

On Indian intrusion, its entertainment industry chanted and and supported the Indian Air Force to ” Go inside Pakistan and kill” now the same industry reversed the tweets.


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