Ash to cast a friendly spell

Pakistani movie-goers are in for a special screening.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 18:37 IST

Pakistani movie-goers are in for a treat as the British Council has plans of screening the Aishwarya Rai-starrer Bride And Prejudice there.

The council is planning to bring in Gurinder Chadha’s Jane Austen-inspired blockbuster to the country, the Daily Times reported. “We are still in the middle of negotiations,” said Naheed Malik, communications manager for the British Council in Karachi,while adding that the council was prompted by the recent change in the attitude of the Pakistani government towards Indian movies and joint productions. Naheed said another reason for selecting Bride And Prejudice was it being a joint Indo-British production.

“The movie will be opened to the general public and not just to members of the British Council,” said Naheed. If this comes through, it would be the first time that a recent “Indian” film will be shown in Pakistan. So far, only classics have been screened there. Cinema owners have also started revamping their theatres to attract more business.

The newspaper said that the British Council’s involvement in the distribution and exhibition of a film with an “Indian touch” could help the exhibitors too. They have been asking the government to either grant them rights to screen Indian movies or eradicate piracy altogether.

First Published: Apr 29, 2006 18:37 IST