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Pakistan Cinemas Roll Back the Ban on Indian Movies!

When Pakistan is all set to lift a self-imposed ban on Bollywood movies screening in Pakistan, #DontliftBollywoodBan is trending on twitter. All Cinemas of Karachi and Islamabad have Indian movie “Freaky Ali’ in their scheduled list from December 19th. Indian director Mahesh Bhatt welcomed the latest move by Pakistan.

The ban was a part of series measures of tit-for-tat in the aftermath of the clamped down against Pakistani artists, singers and technicians from the Indian Motion picture Producers’ Association. The clash appeared days after the Uri attack in the Indian occupied Kashmir, which claimed the lives of at least 19 soldiers. After the attack, the relations between New Delhi and Islamabad dipped to new low following tensions on the LOC and violence across the Indian side.

In September, Pakistani cinema owners had decided not to show Indian movies until the pressure between India and Pakistan on the border dissolves. But the cinema holders dealt a major blow in their businesses because Bollywood movies are popular in Pakistan and people are not much interested in Hollywood movies. They had to lessen the shows from five to four in a day and sometimes two in a day. This caused them a loss in generating revenues.

Concerning the demands for Indian movies, they made the decision to lift the ban o the screening of movies, paving the way for Aamir Khan’s ‘Dangal’. According to a cinema owner, a huge media group is interested in releasing Dangal in Pakistan, which is scheduled to release this Friday. Freaky Ali has released two months ago in September but due to the ban on Indian movies, it didn’t get to the cinemas. So they are showing the ones first that could not b screened during the tensions.

Pakistan is considered to be the third-largest bazaar for Indian movies and the banning has allegedly caused a dramatic low in revenue. Indian films came again to Pakistani cinema houses in 2008, after a 43-year long interval, following the ban on Indian content during 1965 war of Indo-Pak.

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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