Tambi Dude emailed me the following article.
Sibtain Naqvi: The history of Indian cinema reveals an industry that used to be more inclusive of Muslims.
The writing is quite impressive as Naqvi goes through decades of Bollywood movies which promoted religious tolerance. Amar Akbar Anthony gets an obligatory mention. However, the whole thing ends on a jarring note when one movie and the reaction to it, somehow, makes Indians into intolerant creatures today.
The Three Khans -- Amir, Shahrukh, and Salman -- have been enjoying success in this supposedly horrible industry for almost three decades. As I listen to tanha tanha from Rangeela, I'm reminded that the greatest, most celebrated music composer in India is a Hindu convert to Islam. Even Hollywood gave the Mozart of Madras two Oscars.
What's even more puzzling is this: Why is a guy from Pakistan berating India for not being secular enough!? How does Pakistani cinema treat apostates? Can an A. R. Rahman survive, let alone thrive, in Pakistan?
If anything, the historical mindset of Indian movies is very naive. They promote peace, love, unity, and harmony with Muslims -- the same people who looked at the mass of Hindus in the 1930s and said, FUCK YOU! WE WANT OUR OWN COUNTRY! Perhaps, it's Muslims who need to work on that whole "inclusive" thing ...