Politician and television host Amir Liaquat Hussain is set to play Burhan Wani in his debut film. The biopic film of the Kashmir Liberation fighter Burhan Muzzafar Wani will certainly be the talk of the town more so over the casting than its content.
The Hamara Ramzan host revealed in an interview with Samaa that he will be playing the titular role in the biopic film on the Hizbul Mujahideen commander.
“I play the titular role of Burhan Wani (Shaheed). I am not a hero, Wani was indeed a true hero of the Kashmiri nation and I will just be portraying him on screen.”
Based on audience reactions we believe this is one casting that should not have left the couch.
1. Amir Liaquat Is Not An Accomplished Actor
This will not only mark Aamir Bhai’s silver-screen debut but also his acting debut. Previously the Aalim Online host has not even been cast in a drama serial.
People are concerned if the politician will be able to do justice to Burhan’s legacy.
Shaheed Burhan Wani is an icon, a role model, a legacy. He is face of struggle against oppression @AamirLiaquat playing his role will tarnish his legacy and hurt sentiments of kashmiris.
We, kashmiris reject Amir Liaquat to play role of our hero.#Kashmir#Pakistan pic.twitter.com/a2l3OgkFgg
— Habba (@Habbakhatoon) April 28, 2019
Amir Liaquat to play 'Shaheed Burhan Vani' in an upcoming film? I am losing my mind.
— Ushnaa Tayyab (@_roohdaar_) April 27, 2019
2. His Age
Misfit casting can really tank a movie (like George Clooney as Batman). Audiences fear that Amir Liaquat as Burhan Wani is an unfit casting.
Burhan Wani, the Kashmiri liberation fighter, died really young in his early 20s. Casting a man in his late 40s for the role is questionable.
Burhan wani shaheed is apple of our eyes. We wont tolerate Amir Liaquat playing his role.
Please give him role of Zakir Musa 🤭
— Habba (@Habbakhatoon) April 27, 2019
Are you serious?
Have a look at the Pakistani politician and controversial televangelist Aamir Liaquat Hussain, 51 yr, who will be playing the role of 21 yr old Burhan Wani in an upcoming film.
#Kariwoodhttps://t.co/NuvxxVlNyy via @scroll_in pic.twitter.com/1RlIYNecb1
— Mir Ada میرअडा (@MirAda94) April 29, 2019
3. Inclusive Choices
Whenever it comes to any cultural or ideological film, the most important thing is the right perspective. It’s better if members of the community are actually onboard when it comes to representation issues.
Well, Kashmiris and supporters of the Liberation Movement are not onboard with this casting.
Aamir Liaquat in role of Burhan Wani shaheed, in upcoming biopic, will actually be an insult and disgrace to the sacrifice of great martyr and to whole freedom struggle of #Kashmir. This joker @AamirLiaquat playing Burhan will be mockery of our movementhttps://t.co/Ow0bT42Ujw
— Frontline Kashmir (@FKdotPK) April 26, 2019
Beggars belief!!! No this cannot true, blasphemous as far as I’m concerned. Burhan Muzaffar Wani may your soul rest in peace. I cannot believe this disgrace of a man thinks he deserves to play the role of #BurhanWani #Kashmir #AamirLiaquat https://t.co/P3M8Df9Vm9
— LubNaa (@LubnaaSabir1) April 26, 2019
4. Bad Rapport
There are some who question that why tarnish the legacy of a freedom fighter, especially when the makers behind the film may use this as a publicity stunt for themselves.
Even Kashmiri sentiments are hurt by this ill-fit casting. When the objective of the film is to highlight the Kashmir’s freedom struggle, it better be done right than not done at all.
The cheater actor is in right place now. https://t.co/FK3vxMHOhL
— Akbar Raj (@EagleRajaji) April 29, 2019
When Amir Liaquat is willing to accept that he is no hero, a rethink is in order.
About the Film
Baloch actor and film-maker Ayub Khosa will be directing and producing the film. This biopic is independent of Abrar Rana’s Burhan: Son of Kashmir.
While Abrar Rana’s biopic is supposed to be based on Burhan’s journey from being a Kashmiri who wanted to resolve conflict in the valley through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite. Later when his innocent brother was killed by the Indian Army’s rampant onslaught, the boy became a liberation fighter for the Kashmir liberation movement Hizbul Mujahideen.
Details on the Burhan Wani biopic: Ayub Khusoo is the filmmaker, Amir Liaquat is playing Wani. pic.twitter.com/ocLsl6U0F1
— Naila Inayat नायला इनायत (@nailainayat) April 26, 2019
Meanwhile, Ayub Khosa intends to focus more on the Kashmiri freedom struggle. Khosa asserted that his movie will not be glossed over to make it commercially compatible. He made it clear that there will be no taking away from the riveting tale of the liberation icon by adding mundane aspects like the struggling for freedom alongside romancing a girl and signing songs etc.
“The essence of the film will be true to its cause, the issue of Kashmiris.”
The director asserted that he is making this film to counter Bollywood’s soft power on the Kashmir issue.
The film will be shot in Kashmir and we tend to complete the film in one go without any breaks. I am hopeful that my friends and actors within the industry would come forward to support the film.