While Pakistanis know how to make absolutely unnecessary content go viral, we come across another trend of #BanLums on Twitter and Instagram whilst students enjoy themselves inside the university premises.

It seems like every time a group of Pakistani students tries to celebrate Bollywood Day, there’s a chorus of angry voices shouting, “How dare you!” and “What’s wrong with you people?!”

Since Ali decided that LUMS is spreading vulgarity and hate in the younger generation while he is binge-listening to the Pathaan playlist, I guess he is right- LUMS kids might really be sent here on some agenda. But what is it that makes us go ridiculously mad if they dress up? On a scale of 0-10, how haraam is it to celebrate one of the thematic days, unfortunately, a Bollywood day at your university?

Well, the answer might be simple: jealousy? The Pakistani people are simply envious of India’s vibrant, colorful film industry, with its endless stream of dancing and romancing. After all, what does Pakistan have to offer in comparison? A few monuments and a cricket team that can’t seem to win a match (the history is changing, not gonna lie).

But instead of admitting their jealousy, Pakistanis have decided to take a stand against Bollywood. They claim that the films are morally corrupt, that they promote frivolous behavior, and that they are an affront to Pakistani culture. And to be fair, they do have a point – what kind of culture would produce a movie where the hero jumps out of a moving car, shoots a bad guy, and then dances with a beautiful woman?

But instead of admitting their jealousy, Pakistanis have decided to take a stand against Bollywood. They claim that the films are morally corrupt, that they promote frivolous behavior, and that they are an affront to Pakistani culture. And to be fair, they do have a point – what kind of culture would produce a movie where the hero jumps out of a moving car, shoots a bad guy, and then dances with a beautiful woman?

But here’s the thing: Pakistanis need to loosen up a little.. It’s not like the students are planning to overthrow the government and replace it with a Bollywood-inspired dictatorship.

Despite facing a number of controversial issues, such as political instability, economic challenges, and religious tensions, Pakistanis are generally able to maintain a sense of calm and composure until we receive a threat to our rich cultural heritage.

However, these certain issues that tend to ruffle feathers and generate controversy, such as cultural appropriation and insensitivity. So the next time someone tries to shut down a Bollywood Day celebration, tell them to chill out and join in the fun. Who knows, they might just discover a new love for sequined outfits and catchy tunes. And if all else fails, just remind them that Shah Rukh Khan is objectively the greatest actor of all time.

On a side note: I am sure these same students would be celebrating our own culture too, but I guess we are good at at least one thing- blindfolding at the good parts.

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