Pakistan cinemas quietly show Indian films as tensions ease
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