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Set for 'Hurt Locker' director's bin Laden film irks Hindu activists

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Activists of radical Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Hindu group shout slogans during a protest at the shooting site of the movie "Zero Dark Thirty" in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on Friday. 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.

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Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow, left, stands on the sets during the shooting for her upcoming film about Osama bin Laden in Chandigarh, India.

Reuters reports that the India set for director Kathryn Bigelow's film includes the flag of Pakistan:

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.

"They have made Chandigarh like Pakistan, as if it is Pakistan," said Vijay Bhardwaj, a leader of the radical Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Hindu group.

"We strongly oppose this and we will not let them put Pakistani flags here and we will not let them shoot for the film."

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Indian police stand outside shops adorned with temporary signs written in Urdu, Pakistan's official language, to be filmed for scenes depicting Pakistan's Abbottabad town.

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Indian right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists shout slogans during a protest against filming scenes in the country depicting Pakistan's Abbottabad.