Man made borders.``And the border portrayed in the film could not be more troublesome.The setting of ``Henna`` is Kashmir, the divided northern territory that has been the focus of two of the three wars fought between India and Pakistan since their partition by Britain in 1947.
Millions of others were forced to desert their homes and their livelihoods.
Out of the partition was born the largely Hindu nation of India and the Muslim nation of Pakistan.
Moin, who traveled to India from her home in Karachi to work on``Henna,`` had her name removed from the credits before the film went into distribution, in part because of concern that ``Henna`` might be perceived as somehow pro-India.``Relations between India and Pakistan are not as friendly as they should be,`` said Moin, who is Pakistan`s best-known television writer.
KARACHI, PAKISTAN — Zeba Bakhtiar, the angel-faced Pakistani star of the hit summer film``Henna,`` received her first set of reviews even before filming began.
They were death threats.``I got some letters and phone calls, people saying they would kill me if I made the movie,`` the 24-year-old actress said.
``They said Muslim girls should not be appearing in films with Hindu actors.
Lots of people warned me not to appear in the film, not to take the risk.``Released a few weeks ago and, in most ways, typical of the syrupy romance films that fill the movie houses of Pakistan and India, ``Henna`` is already being described as a landmark in the history of motion pictures on the subcontinent.
It is as much a joint production on a major motion picture as the Indian and Pakistani film industries have ever seen, a Romeo and Juliet story with Romeo played by, and portrayed as, an Indian Hindu, and Juliet a Pakistani Muslim by the name of Henna.
It is also an enormous success on both sides of the border.
The movie was conceived by one of India`s legendary filmmakers, the late Raj Kapoor, and directed by his son, Randhir.
Much of the dialogue was written by a respected Pakistani screenwriter, Haseena Moin.``Henna`` is being promoted with the slogan: ``God made land.