Addressing the popular demand of Bollywood films eclipsing Pakistani films, the Pakistani government has now decided to impose a temporary ban on Bollywood films. This for now is a temporary ban, where no cinema in Pakistan will be allowed to screen Bollywood films during Ramadan.
The Pakistani Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has put out a notice that the exhibition of Indian and foreign films will be banned from two days before Eid to until two weeks after the holidays. Sources say that that the ban might extend beyond Ramadan as well. The ban is aimed at reviving and promoting local industry. Meanwhile, ministry of information and broadcasting has issued a notification in this regard.
According to the notification, the federal government has decided to put a limited ban on the screening and exhibition of Indian films on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Azha.
Pakistani film producers and artists have been complaining for the last two years that their new films face stiff completion from the Indian and Hollywood movies and due to the limited number of screens in the country they are not able to do good business and in some cases even recover their invested money in the films. Under this ban no cinema across Pakistan will be allowed to show Indian movies during the Eid holidays which usually run for four days and bring in big business for the new Pakistani, Bollywood and Hollywood films.