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Shah Rukh Khan’s latest Netflix production ‘Bard of Blood’ featuring Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi has been heavily criticized for portraying Pakistan in a negative light.

The trailer of the spy thriller tells the story of an excommunicated RAW agent, Kabir Anand (Emraan Hashmi) who takes on a secret mission in Baluchistan (Pakistan) after four Indian spies are caught.

Soon after the trailer was released in August, many showed displeasure regarding the anti-Pakistan story.

DG ISPR, Asif Ghafoor also took to Twitter to criticize the plot. He tweeted:

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“You could rather promote peace & humanity by speaking against atrocities in IOJ&K and against Hindituva of Nazism obsessed RSS,” he further wrote.

Now, in a recent interview with India Today, Emraan Hashmi has finally responded to DG ISPR’s tweet.

This way, you don’t end up making any film because whenever you have content that has even remotely anything associated with anything political related to these two countries [India and Pakistan], emotions do run high

And you have to bear the brunt in this. And social media is full of this. I think that one tweet [Ghafoor’s] led to other people spewing hate.

But to put things to rest, there is no propaganda here. This is based on a book that is written by a [then] 20-year-old kid back in 2014. The political climate at that point of time was very different. There is no agenda to it. Our show is based on that book and that’s that. -Emraan Hashmi

“You can’t please everyone. You make a show of this nature, which has some kind of political relevance, and it’s going to snowball and you will have people talking. Everyone has an opinion these days,” the actor concluded.

Netflix series, Bard of Blood will feature seven episodes and will run from September 27, 2019.

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