Pakistan minister eyes Bollywood ban for Eid

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    Pakistan minister eyes Bollywood ban for Eid



    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is eyeing a possible ban on Indian films in cinemas for the upcoming Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr, purportedly to encourage the flagging local industry, its culture minister said Tuesday.

    “We want to benefit our industry and facilitate Pakistani producers by temporarily banning Indian movies at Eid al-Fitr,” Aftab Shah Jilani told AFP.

    Any decision would be taken after further discussions within government, Jilani stressed.

    He said Pakistani film-makers had complained that cinemas prefer to show glitzy Bollywood productions made across the border in arch-rival India, flooding the market at the expense of the depressed local industry.

    Pakistan's film industry has sunk into deep decline in the last two decades, with fewer and fewer films made, and those produced frequently criticised for weak plots and poor production.

    Islamisation and recession have been blamed. Critics have called for an industry overhaul with government patronage and an injection of fresh talent.

    But any ban on Indian films could take on political dimensions so soon after talks between the nuclear rivals in Islamabad ended in acrimonious stalemate.

    India and Pakistan have fought three wars since the division of the subcontinent in 1947.

    They are moving, albeit very slowly, towards reviving a peace dialogue suspended after the 2008 Mumbai attacks that India blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

    But Pakistani film directors who met Jilani in Lahore on Tuesday, said they would welcome any temporary ban.

    “The minister assured us that no Indian movie will be shown on Eid in September,” leading film producer Sangeeta told AFP.

    But Nadeem Mandviwala, from Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association, said he would appeal against any such decision, fearing heavy losses at the box office. -AFP
     
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  3. JBH22

    JBH22 Senior Member Senior Member

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    Pakistanis are free to ban the movies but it should be pakistan movies what a torture it is to the viewer.
     
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    Pakistani youth is already flocking the bollywood torrent sites for bollywood movies and shows, that will just grow multiple fold after ban.
    Living in a well will make you happy for a shorter duration.
     
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    People and youth really used to watch Indian Movies on Cable in PAKISTAN past 4,5 years ago when Internet was too costly for citizens
    Now they are migrating towards HOLLYWOOD movies because internet is PAKISTAN is now very cheap and almost Downloads are Unlimited from ISPs
     
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    In karnataka they tried imposing restriction on hindi movies to encourage kannada movies. nothing much happened.
     
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    Love it or hate it but you cannot avoid watching Indian movies.
     
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    Nothing gonna happen.Marvi Memon bibi and her moral and cultural brigade will shout in National Assembly .She will hold 1-2 protests .Govt will impose ban.Then Marvi Memon bibi happy -hapy will go home and will watch dostana on pirated cd.next day the news /geo etc will keep on printing bollywood ads and gossip stories pirated cds sale will go up in karachi,lahore,Isb and other cities .Taliban will send threatening letters to CD shop walas in liberty market lahore and jinnah market isb to stop selling Kufr cds.CD shop wala wont heed then taliban will do low intensity blast to warn them firm ly even then CD shop wala dont heed then there will be suicide bombing in one of the market next day all cd shops closes all over pakistan.after that life goes on as usual....:happy_2:
     
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    The more Pakistan try to run away from its indian identity more it will keep integrating it in its self conscious that one day with rude shock they realize they ve been following the indian identity.....

    A globalized world


    Pakistan mellifluous Urdu vocabulary is being substituted by crude Hindi terms. Sonia Gandhi had claimed in the early 1990s of having culturally invaded Pakistan. She was quite right. As the Indian media makes it a point to infuse more Sanskrit words and street lingo into Hindi — substituting Urdu vocabulary — Pakistan eagerly laps up Hindi lingo. At the pioneering Karachi Literature Festival, I was surprised to hear a renowned Urdu poetess recite a poetic composition, which could be more appropriately termed a Hindi poem. Flag followed trade in olden days and now culture follows economics, so where would our culture be in the next decade?
     

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