The Mystery of Pakistan’s Election Poster with Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit

No matter how many Bollywood movies Pakistan has banned, they can’t do without Bollywood in an alternate reality heavily reliant on Photoshop.

Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit have rarely shared screen space during their decades of Bollywood careers. On the eve of the 2018 Pakistani general elections, a mischievous soul has fulfilled this unfulfilled desire to see them together. And what better occasion than this fun campaign season, which saw one candidate willingly lay down in waste look for voices?

The poster in question is however strange.

Although first spotted on Twitter, he was reportedly seen in Multan. Supposedly, he’s pinned to an unpainted wall. So many pins were used to stick the poster on the wall that it instantly makes us wonder if this is a very valuable creation, that the designer doesn’t just want to fall off the wall like so many other posters did.

In alternate reality: when Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit share screen space, that too for the PTI (Photo: Twitter)

There are four faces on the poster – two named, two not named.

While there is no confusion over who these anonymous people are, the identity of the named duo is shrouded in mystery. The poster bears Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ‘bat’ symbol, and the names of Sardar Abbas Dogar and Sardar Owais Dogar are written under their photos.

But the party washed its hands of the problem and refused to participate much to the Internet’s delight at the expense of the PTI.

Besides Big B and Madhuri, the poster has its own Bollywood character. According to a report, there is also an urdu couplet on this poster, which reads: “Main jhukha nahin, main bika nahin, kahin chupp chuppa ke khada nahin / Jo dattey huey hain ladai ke maidan me, mujhe un logon mein talash kar.” Or, basically, ‘No, I didn’t bend over. Or runs away. You can look for me among those who still stand on the battlefield.

Go figure it out.

No wonder the mastermind of this bombastic slogan chose Bollywood personalities to match the spirit of the couplet.

No one is complaining except the PTI, who found it to be an attempt to damage the party’s reputation, by falsely suggesting that the PTI hired Bollywood stars for its campaign because, eh well, desperation.

Not really. Indians will literally have to pinch themselves to believe that Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit – given their political correctness – will campaign for the PTI.

Yes, Bollywood stars are often angrily said “Go to Pakistan” when they say something improvised. But this is not for real!

Surprisingly, this is not the first Bollywood connection of the 2018 Pakistani General Election. Shah Rukh Khan’s cousin Noor Jahan was supposed to run as an independent candidate for a constituency in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa assembly. She later withdrew her candidacy, not because her Bollywood cousin was dragged on her. The National Awami Party asked him to step down as his family had been associated with the party for years.

While this appears to be a prank with an imaginary contestant receiving imaginary backing from two Bollywood stars, there have been similar pranks with a real contestant. A fake poster of an independent candidate, Abdul Aziz, has gone viral on social media because he was assigned the poll symbol of a grave on this poster. Another fake poster from independent candidate Haroon Khan Lambran depicts his symbol as a “pacifier” – a rubber pacifier intended for infants.

grave_072418060842.jpgFake poster alert: no one promises a grave in exchange for votes (Photo: Social media via Geo TV)

pacifier_072418060856.jpgWhat do you get when you search for votes? A photoshopped pacifier, apparently (Photo: Social media via Geo TV)

Such fake posters, despite bad Photoshop, have created debates on social media as people wonder how Pakistan’s electoral commission could have allowed a poll symbol like a grave – or whether India is actually throwing its weight of star behind PTI through old photos of B’town big.

Example: Photoshop skills in Pakistan need to be improved. But such an imagination itself is commendable, as is the unspoiled love for Bollywood.

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