DK sent me a song from this promising new film, Gulaal and it occurred to me how fragile the rationale of PK is. Imagine such a commercial movie (if you can imagine a commercial movie made in PK) that takes as its premise an out-right revolt against the state. Could the Baluchi nationalists project their narrative through celluloid? It isn’t the fact of creativity (I have read some amazing poetry recently on the Baluchi cause that I can share if peeps are interested) but that the state/capital apparatus can make space for such imaginations within the public realm (this despite/due to the facts of Chhattisgarh). Of course, I haven’t seen the movie and it may ultimately be reactionary and (as is the norm regarding “Muslim” themes in Bollywood) confirm and conform the very inequalities of the State. But, I still, you know, just _wish_ for a big popcorn movie that would put out, for the world to see, this threadbare fabric, we call Pakistan.
But, maybe we cannot imagine that ever. Seeing as how Zardari is doing his best Musharraf impression, such a fantasy would threaten reality.
ps. the twitter-verse tells that cell-phone providers are under fire from Zardari as well.
pps. The songs from Gulaal really are amazing!