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Sultanpur Pakistan in Bajrangi Bhaijaan

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Sultanpur Pakistan in Bajrangi Bhaijaan

Bajrangi Bhaijaan, A Kabir Khan directorial Indian movie starring superstar Salman Khan, released in 2015.

The filmed tells story of a mute six-year old girl who gets separated in India from her parents when they are on their way to a Sufi shrine.

The girl named Shahida- after Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi by her parents-is called Munni by her Indian hosts and it was only after she celebrate Pakistan’s victory that the Indian family comes to know that she is from Pakistan.

In the movie, Shahida alias Munni is a resident of Sultanpur, a picturesque village in Pakistan not far from Line Of Control (LoC), the defacto border between the two countries.

We assumed that it was LoC because Salman Khan is seen crossing the border into his country in the climax.

But in reality, Sultanpur in Pakistan is a small village in Jhelum district of country’s largest province Punjab.

It is located near Wah Cantt and Taxila, some 288 km from Indian border in the east.

The movie was a box office hit in Pakistan where Indian movie are banned now.

Pakistan has banned all kind of cultural exchanges with Indian since New Delhi revoked Kashmir’s autonomy which was given to the Muslim majority region under Article 370 of Indian constitution.

Ever since Narendra Modi assumed office, relations between the two nuclear armed nations have gone from bad to worse.

They came close to a war in February when India launched airstrikes inside Pakistan and got its aircraft destroyed the next day and pilot arrested.