There has been a lot of drama surrounding the ban on Indian films in Pakistan and Pakistani actors in India. Political situation has created quite a tense situation for the entertainment industry and the fans.
Recently, the Pakistani government had imposed a ban on all Indian content including films that were playing at the cinema. However, since there is lack of content available the cinema houses feared that thy will be shut down.
Which is why cinemas have now lifted the ban on Indian movies today.
This inspired the veteran director and producer of Bollywood, Mahesh Bhatt, to speak up on the issue saying that the ban India should take initiative and lift the ban off Pakistani actors as well.
Karan Johar had to pay quite a hefty price, literally, for casting Fawad Khan in ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. More like 5 crore Indian rupees. Yikes.
This is what Bhatt had to say:
“The idea of it could incur the wrath of political parties. The Central government has to come up with a solution, if they wish to rebuild relations razed to the ground prior to the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. In my opinion, cultural space must be kept alive; the government needs to deal with terrorism in a different way.”
He also commented on the ban the Pakistan imposed on Indian films.
Banning Indian films reflected the shortsightedness of the Pakistan Film Federation. It was reckless of them to indulge in politics. Because of their decision (not to screen Hindi films), their theatres were shutting down. Our contribution to their industry was immense and that boosted their business much more than indigenous content could. Eventually, one can’t deny the countries are tied culturally and emotionally.”
In Pakistan, Syed Noor is opposing the idea of lifting the ban in Pakistan. He claims that the cinema owners are ‘mulk ke dushman’ by uplifting the said ban.