Starring Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in lead roles, Kaabil was the first film to release in Pakistan after the ban was lifted.
Starring Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in lead roles, Kaabil was the first film to release in Pakistan after the ban was lifted.

Pakistan lifts ban on Indian films: Is it time India reconsiders ban on Pakistani actors?

Pakistan has lifted the ban on Bollywood films. Is it time that India also reconsider the ban on Pakistani artists and revive cultural ties with the neighbouring nation?
By Monika Rawal Kukreja | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2017 06:00 PM IST

Bollywood banned Pakistani actors from working in Hindi films following a terror attack in Kashmir last year. However now, Pakistan has lifted the self-imposed ban on Bollywood films starting February 1. The Hrithik Roshan-starrer Kaabil was the first Bollywood film that was released in Pakistan after the ban was lifted. Now, Shoojit Sircar’s production Runningshaadi.com will also release in Pakistan on February 17, the same day as its release in India.

And now, the Indian film frat debates if Bollywood should lift the ban too. Filmmaker Rakesh Roshan feels that since Pakistan has decided to welcome Indian films, India also must relax its stance and move forward. Amit Roy, director of Runningshaadi.com says, “I think it’s a good way forward because just banning all things that the two nations enjoy about each other is not going to move our relationship forward.”

A still from Shoojit Sircar production, RunningShaadi.com that will release in Pakistan on Feb 17, the same day as its release in India.
A still from Shoojit Sircar production, RunningShaadi.com that will release in Pakistan on Feb 17, the same day as its release in India.

Actor-producer Sonu Sood agrees that there should not be any sort of creative barrier between the two countries. “I feel that only the film industry can get both the countries together and it should set an example for promoting peace between both the nations.”

Meanwhile, films such as Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees and Akshay Kumar-starrer Jolly LLB 2 still have not been cleared by the Censor Board in Pakistan and are not being screened. Actor Annu Kapoor who plays an important role in Jolly LLB 2, states, “Just lifting the ban cannot improve the political relations between the two countries. There must be several socio-political and economical situations, which pushed Pakistan to open the doors to Indian films. So if Pakistan has lifted the ban, it only means more money for us. Even when Pakistan banned our films, our industry didn’t face any revenue loss, as we were doing really well globally. (Also) it’s high time they realise the worth of Hindi films because their artists have made a lot of money here.”

Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees has not been allowed to screen in Pakistan because of objectionable content.
Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Raees has not been allowed to screen in Pakistan because of objectionable content.

Actor Nimrat Kaur is in favour of the ban being lifted, but feels the ban should be lifted when the time is right. “The ban that India imposed came out of a very serious situation. So, we should decide to lift the ban after considering the present relation between the two countries.”

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