Revival of Cinema: 'Screening of Bollywood movies a temporary measure'

Censor board chairman says the step was taken only to revive cinema culture in Pakistan.

March 29, 2012

ISLAMABAD: With major Pakistani productions few and far in between, screening of Indian movies in Pakistan have become a temporary guardian angel  for the local cinema industry, Chairman Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) said on Thursday.  

"The decision to show Indian movie is only a temporary one and is taken to keep the cinemas functioning across the country while satisfactory steps are taken for the revival of local film industry,” said Barrister Shahnawaz Noon while talking to APP.

Pakistan’s film industry commonly known as "Lollywood" has been on a constant downward slide for the last 12 years, which has not only reduced the entertainment opportunities for movie lovers in the country but also caused losses to those associated with the profession.

Blaming previous government for neglecting the film industry, Noon said that the present government took all stakeholders on board and announced funds for various projects to revive and make it a competitive industry.

Besides funds for artists, technicians and other persons associated with film production, the government has approved the project of National Film Academy and Film Laboratory, establishment of four cinema houses in the federal capital, scholarships for studying subjects regarding film-making and reduction in additional taxes, he added.

The CBFC Chairman further said that the board comprising of old members was dissolved and new members were appointed to bring young talent forward, which will introduce new ideas for the benefit of the film industry in Pakistan.

He was of the view that Indian movies were screened only on temporary basis and the establishment of a film laboratory and funds announced by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani would help improve the standard of Lollywood films within six months.

Commenting on Pakistani artists working in Indian movies, he said “apart from filmmakers, it is also the responsibility of our artists to make every effort for the revival of their own industry instead of leaving it."


jimmy | 9 years ago | Reply

sirji..even i watch lots of korean i find it funny tht u said they provide the cleanest entertainment ! they are like hollywood...they have differnt genres: comedy ,action, drama, horror, adult etc.... but if u tell me all their films are clean then sorry u must be looking at a glass mirror.. however i will admit bollywood is no where in comparison with film industries of korea,japan, usa and european cinema,. But still we are one of the best... As for vulgarity..iam sorry thts yr opinion...but i find pakistan's over make-up actresses, gandasa culture, hero wth axe, lousy acting more vulgar !! in the end our country does nt rely on hollywood to run our film multiplexes :P

Javeria Mahmood | 9 years ago | Reply

hey but release of english movies in Pakistani Cinemas should be permanent.... I cannot live without them

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