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Documentary shows how Indians and Pakistanis live in ‘harmony’ in UAE
An Indian expat has made a documentary aimed at showing that Indians and Pakistanis live in “harmony” in the UAE, despite the tense relationship the countries have faced for decades.
The documentary ‘Beyond Boundaries’ follows the lives of eight people in the UAE who are of Pakistani and Indian citizenship or heritage, who either live or work together. Mir Imran, 29, said he was inspired to make the 20-minute film when his own perceptions about Pakistanis changed after he moved to Dubai from India five years ago.
Imran, who is a banker with no background in movie-making, said: “Back in India I had a different view of Pakistan. From childhood, we don’t look at them as a neighbour, but as a competitor and a potential threat. “But when I moved here your perceptions change. For example, in my documentary you see a Pakistani woman married to an Indian man, a Pakistani barber with Indian clients, a Pakistani merchant with Indian customers and so on.
It’s a project to show that the Indians and Pakistanis here don’t care what kind of political relations the two countries have or how they’re relationship is being portrayed on TV.” Relations between the two states have been defined by the violent partition of British India in 1947, the ongoing Kashmir dispute and numerous military conflicts. But Imran said the biggest challenge he faced during the project was when people turned him away.
He said a few of the people he approached in the beginning of the project were not fond of the idea of taking part in such a film. “Some of them did not like the topic of the film,” he said. “They could not see the impact and influence the film would have.” “But the eight people that are in the film were very excited about the whole thing.” The making of the documentary cost about Dhs6,000, which Imran funded himself. He said that the families of those in the film also flew to Dubai to take part. “The film gave Indian and Pakistani families the chance to see how similar they are,” Imran said. “They got a chance to get to know each other.” Imran claimed that both Indians and Pakistanis are “negatively programmed” during childhood as to how the other country is like. “For example, if a mum is teaching her child different flags and she comes across an Indian or Pakistani flag then she might give a different opinion about the country.”
Hena Khan, the founder of UAE Mums – a community group with 13,000 Indian and Pakistani expats – said the documentary is “much needed”. She said: “I think people need to see such kind of a documentary because it sets a notion that there are Indians and Pakistanis who are living peacefully together and don’t really care about the political side of things.” Imran has submitted the film to festivals, including the International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality in Jakarta.
Here is another couple, a Pakistani bus driver Mohammed Sahir, who was hospitalized in Dubai … while his wife Shanu Mohammed, an Indian from Hyderabad (AP), anxiously awaits outside the ICU, waiting for her husband of two decades to recover.
Indian wife refuses to leave ill Pakistani hubby at Dubai ICU
Published Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Mohammed Sahir, 52, is a bedridden Pakistani bus driver undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit of Al Rashid Hospital, Dubai.
His wife, Shanu Mohammed, 48, an Indian national from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, anxiously awaits outside the ICU, waiting for her husband of two decades to recover.
The bus driver is suffering from multiple ailments, and stopped talking about two months ago. The mixed-nationality couple are running low on money, and don’t wish to return to either of their countries as that would mean splitting, as the wife would not get a Pakistani visa and the husband wouldn’t get an Indian visa.
No, this isn’t the script of a Bollywood blockbuster but a real-life heart-breaking story unfolding right here in Dubai.
Mohammed’s brother Jane came all the way from Punjab in Pakistan to see the sick man and take him to his home country for further treatment, but Sahir refuses to return to Pakistan, as that would mean leaving behind his life partner and wife from India, who cannot go to Pakistan without a valid visa.
“He is chronically sick and we don’t have money for his treatment. Every day Dh3,100 is needed for the hospital expenses and I would like to take him for further treatment. I love him so much that I don’t want to leave him alone at this stage. He does not want to leave me here and go to Pakistan,” said Shanu, who fell in love with the Pakistani driver after meeting him through a cousin.
Mohammed lost his job after falling ill, and while the Sahir family wants him to return to Pakistan for further treatment, he is adamant that he will either go with his Indian wife, or live the rest of his life with her in Dubai.
“He has been bedridden for two months because his muscles do not work and he cannot speak. We are legally married here. I don’t have time to go out in search of help from charities or for anything, as I have to be here in front of the ICU to take care of him,” Shanu told Emirates 24|7.
She does not wish to go back to India without her Pakistani husband. “Even though I have been married for nearly 20 years, I’ve never been able to go to Pakistan because getting a visa is not easy. He hasn’t been able to visit my country for the same reason. Now that he is sick and bedridden, I cannot leave him alone. We are just praying that he recovers soon. I want to be with him till the end. He also does not want to leave me behind and go to Pakistan,” Shanu said.
According to social workers, Indian-Pakistani mixed nationality couples in Dubai face similar situation, as getting visa to the two neighbouring countries is a Herculean task and there are bottlenecks that delay and deny visa to Indians going to Pakistan and Pakistanis going to India.
“There is no geographical limit for love and the visa restrictions in both the countries did not stop them from loving each other,” said Nazer, a social worker, who is trying to help the couple. The couple is surviving with the end-of-service benefit from Mohammed’s employers.