Pakistan Theatres Lift Ban on Bollywood Films
The movies which could not be screened due to the suspension of Indian content will be screened first.
Bringing an end to ban on Bollywood films, Pakistan cinemas have lifted the ban which was imposed amid growing tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad following tensions on border and terrorist attacks.
According to a report of Dawn Online the cinemas will start screening Indian movies from Monday, December 19.
On September 30, the managements of Pakistani cinemas announced indefinite suspension of screening of all Bollywood movies as a protest against the ban of Pakistani artists in India.
Pakistani artists were banned in India following attack on BSF base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir. The attack led to death of at least 19 soldiers.
Pakistani cinema owners on Saturday said they had only suspended the screening of Indian movies, but had not completely banned screening Bollywood content. The movies which could not be screened due to the suspension of Indian content will be screened first.
"We lifted the suspension as a cinema guild. We took this decision to support them (Indian cinemas) and expect them to support us," said a cinema owner.
The first movie to be screened will be actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Freaky Ali.
It is to be noted that the boycott was imposed after some Indian film-makers banned Pakistani actors from working in Bollywood films.
Bollywood is popular in Pakistan, and the self-imposed ban had led to dramatic loss of revenue. s
Indian movies returned to Pakistani cinema houses in 2008 after a 43-year long hiatus after the ban was imposed during the 1965 war.