Bollywood movies shot in Pakistan and the business potential of Indian movies in Pakistan.
India and Pakistan have always shared a tumultuous relationship, and it has definitely impacted business between the two countries, including the entertainment business.
Only recently Pakistan lifted the ban on Indian movies in Pakistan. Earlier, when the Lahore court had banned the screening of Indian movies, many in Pakistan felt that it was not the right move.
Pakistan’s popular pop singer Shiraz Uppal had said “Indian movies have revived our dead cinema Industry. They even inspired educated Pakistani youth to find career in the film industry here. The ban will not only ruin the entertainment industry here, but also hurt investments in this sector.”
Once the ban was lifted, Indian movies flooded the Pakistani market. Movies like Chennai Express, Dhoom 3, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ did exceptionally well in Pakistan, but a few other Bollywood movies (that did very well in India) were banned in Pakistan because it was felt that the content touched sensitive topics.
However, despite the tumultuous relationship between the two countries and the banning of a few movies in Pakistan, the fact remains that most Pakistani talent are vying to be a part of the Indian film industry. some of them have already been working in Indian films for past several years, and many more are trying break into Bollywood. Ali Zafar & Atif Aslam (both from Pakistan) are quite popular in India and have several assignments in their kitty.
Movies Filmed in Pakistan
Movies like Khuda Key Liye (Naseeruddin Shah), Awarapan (Emraan Hashmi) have been filmed in Pakistan, mostly in Lahore. You can see famous landmarks like Minar-e-Pakistan and King Edward Medical University in hindi movies.
The court scenes in the movie Khuda Ke Liye where shot in KING EDWARD MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, Lahore
In recent times, the hollywood movie Zero Dark Thirty (directed by Kathryn Bigelow) was filmed in India & Pakistan.