Mumbai: Bollywood is yet again facing severe criticism from the Pakistani film fraternity. Lollywood (Lahore’s film industry) heavyweights have decided to take legal action against the showcasing of Bollywood movies in Pakistan, for they believe they run short of work.
Most of the actors in Pakistan have expressed their concern over the ever growing interest for Hindi films amongst the masses. The viewership of their indigenous films has reduced considerably and actors like Moammar Rana, Shaan and a few others are keen to take serious action. Pakistani films released on Eid failed to garner much at the Box Office because Indian films out did them completely.
Indian filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt however has defended the action of his Pakistani counterparts. Talking to a daily, he said, “The workforce is unemployed, the actors, singers, technicians, etc, still struggle to keep body and soul together. So, let`s be fair. It`s easy to question their decision, but do we remember that we have similar problems in Karnataka.”
The veteran said that Bollywood even draws flak from its Indian counterparts. Hindi films gets screens allotted in Karnataka and other states only after repeated requests. So to say that Pakistan is feeling insecure is not correct.
However, Syed Noor, eminent Pakistani filmmaker has made contradictory statements. He feels India should help them in reviving their industry.
“Our aim is to revive our films. Therefore, we need the support of Indian filmmakers to come forward and also do their films` shoots in Pakistani locations, and use our artistes in their movies. Indian cinema has a huge market and they are damaging our industry. We are planning to have some more meetings, but as of now, we have not come to any final decision.”
Controversial actress from across the border, Veena Malik believes that it will not be right on the part of Pakistan to deprive its people of entertainment.
Mehreen Syed, Pakistani model-turned-actress feels that entertainment unites the people of India and Pakistan so a ban on Bollywood films will only widen the gap between the two nations.
B-town has always welcomed artists from across the border to showcase their talent. But whether or not Bollywood will receive equal warmth and love in Pakistan is for time to tell!