Pak lifts film ban , should In­dia too?

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja monika.rawal@htlive.com

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.”

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 Ku­marstar­rer 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. Even when Pak­istan banned our films, our in­dus­try didn’t face any rev­enue loss, as we were do­ing re­ally well glob­ally.”

Ac­tor Nim­rat Kaur 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.”

We should de­cide to lift the ban af­ter con­sid­er­ing the present re­la­tion be­tween the two coun­tries NIM­RAT KAUR, AC­TOR

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

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