(K. Brent Tomer),
EARLIER this month, nearly a decade after lifting a 40-year-long embargo on Bollywood films, Pakistan reintroduced the ban. The announcement came on the heels of a move by Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA), a trade organisation, to ban Pakistani actors and technicians from working in India.
The last few weeks have been particularly tense between the two nuclear-armed nations. On September 19th, 19 soldiers were killed at an Indian army base in Uri, some 6km from the “line of control”, the de facto border between the two countries in Kashmir. The Indian government claimed that the attackers crossed over from Pakistan. In response, it carried out strikes against militants in Pakistani Kashmir. India has also boycotted a regional summit scheduled to be held in Pakistan and threatened to review a 65-year-old water-sharing agreement with its neighbour.
Caught in the cross-fire are those from the Indian film fraternity who have spoken against IMPPA’s decision to ban Pakistani artistes. Protesters in Uttar Pradesh burned an effigy of Salman Khan, Bollywood’s brawny superstar, for saying that “Pakistani artistes are…Continue reading