Hindu radicals in the city protested on Friday against the shooting of a film by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow on the hunt for Osama bin Laden, on the grounds that the film-makers were portraying Pakistan on Indian soil.
Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, attacks on
the United States was killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan in May
The film-makers, denied permission to film in Pakistan, converted parts of Chandigarh to look like the Pakistani city of Lahore.
But for right-wing Hindus, the use of India to portray sworn enemy Pakistan was too much.
have made Chandigarh like Pakistan, as if it is Pakistan," said Vijay
Bhardwaj, a leader of the radical Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Hindu
"We strongly oppose this and we will not let them put Pakistani flags here and we will not let them shoot for the film."
Billboards with Urdu signs were put up on shops in a market in the
north Indian city and auto-rickshaws were running with Lahore number
plates. Burqa-clad women and men dressed in traditional Pakistani
clothes roamed the streets.
The protesters said the government should have denied permission to make the film on Indian soil.
who won an Oscar for her Iraq war movie "The Hurt Locker", was
developing a film on the hunt for bin Laden before the al Qaeda leader
was killed in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.
The film, "Zero Dark Thirty", is due for release in late 2012.
Hindu-majority India and Muslim Pakistan have fought three wars since
winning their independence from Britain in 1947. Suspicion between the
nuclear-armed rivals lingers.