Ac­tors wel­come Pak­istan court’s nix­ing of ban on In­dian TV shows

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Yashika Mathur

The La­hore High Court on Tues­day struck down the ban on In­dian TV shows in Pak­istan, and In­dian artists are vo­cal about their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the rul­ing.

The ban had been im­posed by the Pak­istan Elec­tronic Me­dia Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity in the con­text of bi­lat­eral ten­sions last year. How­ever, La­hore High Court Chief Jus­tice Man­soor Ali Shah said that while any anti-Pak­istan con­tent could be cen­sored, a to­tal ban was un­nec­es­sary, ac­cord­ing to pk. He ob­served, “The world has become a global vil­lage.”

Ac­tor Ar­jun Bi­jlani, whose show Naa­gin was a big hit in Pak­istan, says, “It’s great that this de­ci­sion is taken. I get a lot of fan mes­sages from Pak­istan and I know that our shows do well there.”

Ac­tor Karan Pa­tel of Ye Hai Mo­hab­batein is “more than happy”, as “there has al­ways been a lot of love from fans in Pak­istan.” An­other banned show, Bhab­hiji Ghar Par Hai, will now be back on the air. Cast mem­ber Saumya Tan­don says, “When there’s [bi­lat­eral] ten­sion, [it’s] the people who suf­fer... A step to­wards peace will bring hap­pi­ness.”

Ac­tor Amit Behl, who heads the out­reach com­mit­tee of the Cine & TV Artists As­so­ci­a­tion, says that while a ban or no ban doesn’t af­fect rev­enues much, but the rul­ing has a big im­pact on In­dian shows’ reach.

[My show] is about lov­ing people. If we can spread love in Pak­istan through the show, noth­ing like it


In terms of reach, it’s a big deal — even Pak­istani people who live out­side Pak­istan watch our shows


(L-R) Bigg Boss; Bhab­hiji Ghar Par Hai; and Naa­gin, shows that had been af­fected by the ban

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