Pak­istan cin­e­mas qui­etly show In­dian films as ten­sions ease

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pak­istani movie the­atres be­gan screen­ing Bol­ly­wood films again yes­ter­day, end­ing an 11-week boy­cott in re­sponse to po­lit­i­cal and mil­i­tary ten­sions with In­dia, theatre of­fi­cials said. Some theatre own­ers said the restora­tion was be­cause ten­sion was eas­ing, but oth­ers said it was be­cause au­di­ences had dropped so sharply since the boy­cott that be­gan on Sept 30.

In Karachi, the Atrium Cin­ema started with a screen­ing of the In­dian sports ro­man­tic com­edy “Freaky Ali”. Still, the screen­ings were kept low key, with no pub­lic­ity posters and scant at­ten­dance in the­atres vis­ited by Reuters.

Re­la­tions be­tween the nu­clear-armed neigh­bors and foes have been more fraught than usual since a crack­down by In­dian se­cu­rity forces on dis­sent in In­dian-con­trolled Kash­mir be­gan in July. — Reuters

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