Khuda ke Liye broke the boundaries and became the first Pakistani movie to be shown in Indian cinemas in many years. After the ban on Indian movies was lifted in Feb 2008, there’s been a slow but steady trickle of releases, the first of which was “Welcome”.

However, none of the releases as yet boasted outdoor advertising of their own:




20 Comments so far

  1. mastqalandar on May 5th, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

    As usual we always make transactions based on *Image* rather than whats in it for us. Bollywood always wanted to get the cash out of Paki consumers and our present day rulers made it easy for them.

    Well, how many Pakistani films would be played in India vs Indian Movies being played in Pakistan.

    We are the loosers in this transaction AS WELL.

  2. murtadking on May 5th, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

    And what sort of comparison is this. Indians do not crave for paki movies. Why should they put up with Paki crap movies just because we salivate looking at their actress. Don’t make any sense. Indians won’t care if we don’t want to watch bollywood movies. Until we make a fool of ourselves they will laugh at our stupidity and utter lack of self-respect.

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on May 6th, 2008 @ 9:53 am

    Sonia said a decade ago that Indians already defeated Pakistan by invading Hindu culture via movies and they don’t need to start a conventional war with Pakistan. Sonia was bitter but true. Sonia’s statement was further fed by so called Pakistan channels like |GEO HINDI"[sarcasm], ARY and AAJ. Now every big group is eager to get license of Indian movies to be released in Pakistan.

    yes it’s true Indians are not bothered about Paki movies. Indians on other hand are still busy their propaganda against Pakistan and Islam. Watch any drama of them, you will find that every negative[terrorist] character would either be a paki or a Muslim. If KKL got famous(so far only GEO reported) then it is because KKL presented distorted version of Islam which is accepted for west[and for Indians] hence its successful despite of various technical and logical flaws in the movie.

    On other hand sick channels like Geo, ary and papers like Jang,Express are more upset about what Katrina Kaif gonna eat in today’s lunch or what tablet Shahrukh will take for lose motion.

  4. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on May 6th, 2008 @ 9:58 am

    "Fankar ki Sarhad nai hoti", that lame statement I have been reading/hearing for long by desperate so called Pakistani artist whether singers/actors or fashion designers. If there is no boundary then why actors like Mr.Bachan,shahrukh never bothered to come Pakistan? Amitabh is a sick hindu fascist who depise Muslims more than anything else. This is the reason he didn’t invite any Maleech(Muslims) in his son’s wedding including "Dilip Kumar".

    It’s the capitalist world. Imran aslam and Shakilur Rahman are more concerned about money then Pakistan and it’s respect.

  5. Afreen (afreen) on May 6th, 2008 @ 9:59 am

    Of course, if you start a comparison, I don’t think recently except for KKL any other movie would be shown in any Indian theaters. However, because the general public is so smitten with the bollywood masala this is another way of them getting more moolah out of us. Also, local Paki theaters get more crowd and cash coming in for a change.

    Whatever the Indian conspirators may try to take away or feed us through the media, it is all up to us and only us to take it or leave it. I chose to leave it.

  6. Tariq Khanani (tariqkhanani) on May 6th, 2008 @ 10:14 am

    people were already watching latest indian movies (even banned ones) before they were allowed in cinemas here through cable, CDs etc. so whats the big deal. the only difference is that its now open and supported by govt and media.

  7. barristerakc on May 6th, 2008 @ 10:54 am

    Its all about ‘economics’ – before probably a memon from rainbow market earned money due to piracy of Indian Movies now the government takes a fair percentage out as ‘entertainment tax’, ‘sales tax’ from a cinema owner, distributor who imports a movie.

  8. barristerakc on May 6th, 2008 @ 10:56 am

    Although I don’t see ‘Bhootnath’ as an ideal movie to hold hands with a girl – which makes a good question? do you hold hands watching an indian movie?

  9. murtadking on May 6th, 2008 @ 1:59 pm

    "Watch any drama of them, you will find that every negative[terrorist] character would either be a paki or a Muslim."

    which means Adnan has watched every drama and movie of India. Typical Paki double standards. They themselves will consume pulp from India but preach others.

    BTW in order to wean away pakis from bollywood movies we have to improve our standard of movies by an order of magnitude in technical aspects. now this is something very difficult for pakis as proved in practically every field.

  10. murtadking on May 6th, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

    "If there is no boundary then why actors like Mr.Bachan,shahrukh never bothered to come Pakistan? "

    You don’t seem to have any grasp on economics. Artist follow money. With our karachi halwa and beedi based economy who will come to Pakistan. What can we offer to them. Bollywood is far more richer than our pathetic film/music industry.

  11. murtadking on May 6th, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

    Also see how our cricket players went to India to play for IPL. Money talks.

  12. seskey on May 6th, 2008 @ 3:12 pm

    i agree with adnan siddiqui,
    and i very much remember the statment of their leader, – even so much so the congress leader rahul gandhi in last election campaign admitted that the 1971 war was an indian war and india succeeded in dividing pakistan later the statment was smoked out to hush hush.

    soon we will see invasion of soft porn flicks to our theaters in shape of indian movies

  13. faylasuf on May 6th, 2008 @ 3:25 pm

    wht is the debate here btw?

    who is concerned bout the cinemas causin so called infltration??
    any once can and could easily grab any thing indian on DVD/VCD
    now u can watch selected movies on wider screen, every one is making money and that is the bottom line for a business men.

    do you think you would like to go and watch, Jutt da veer?or Moula Gujar?
    an whts the point of discussion?if its so imp
    why not fight over the Brit/Amercian movies?

  14. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on May 6th, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    I am not preaching anything. I don’t hesitate to admit that Indian channels are watched in my home just like yours. I have watched indian movies in past. All info I get now from Internet as I don’t get time for TV and if I ever get, I watch news programs. The point you missed that Pakistan should not try for uni direction friendship process. Tali dono hath se bachti hay..ek haath se chamat he parta hay jo India Pakistan ko marta hay.

    You don’t seem to have any grasp on economics

    I admit I don’t know a bit of economics neither is my subject but you failed to figure out that Pakistan is a very attractive market for Indian film makers could earn millions from Pakistan if govt take steps against pirated movies. Pakistanis don’t know lesser about Shahrukh Khan than Indians.

    as far as why mentioned actors have not come yet.. i already mentioned reasons which is not economy anyway. Ironically Indians think about India first than any other thing. Something which is not in Pakistanis .

  15. murtadking on May 6th, 2008 @ 4:16 pm


    "The point you missed that Pakistan should not try for uni direction friendship process."

    who says that allowing indian movies in pakistan is an act of friendship. It is more of an act of inferiority complex. I don’t think bollywood is begging for pakistan to show their movies. The begging, if any, is coming our theater owners who want bollywood movies to be shown so that they can save their theaters.

    As for me, yes I love bollywood movies because I am not a hypocrite like most pakistanis. It is OK to watch them in VCD and DVDs, in cables and buses, but not in theaters.

    Also why is watching hollywood movies not an act of treason but watching bollywood movies is. As far as I know US has been our bigger enemy than India. So why not reserve the hatred for hollywood movies.

    seskey : "soon we will see invasion of soft porn flicks to our theaters in shape of indian movies"

    yeah so. India does not seem to behind us in anything despite soft porn movie industry. We seem to be far behind India in almost all aspects.

  16. Shamsi (shamsi) on May 6th, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

    murtadking – yes we are so FAR behind that when we tape from hidden cams at internet cafes we post those clips under "Indian scandals".

    I agree with Adnan & Seskey the cultural invasion has rotten our mental state, as nation we are suffering from Indian Supremacy Syndrome. Those who stand against it are painted as "backward, fundamentalist, complexed souls etc etc etc" what we have failed to inculcate in generation of 70s Onwards is that India is an enemy, and we shall not sleep with eyes, minds and emotions closed. With an enemy like India, we shall sleep with one eye OPEN.

    Unless we inculcate the ‘enemity’ in blood & minds of coming generations we cannot get out of Indian Supremacy Syndrome., and Go on further.

    – Like In Israel "Hamas" is "enemy" and tolerance level towards HAMAS is close to Zero, thats where The Israeli Govt have succeeded to seek volunteers for the last years’ conflict., and if we see those media clips of coverage we will see nonprofessional soldiers in age groups of 17 – 30 fighting without success and tasted the defeat.

    LALA is tunneling under our culture, montessori going kids know the Tulsi flower – but they have no idea about the national flower of their country.

    Kids ask in wedding … what this darhi wala is singing (nikah ka khutba- is singing for them nauz billah) why there is no fire to perform phayray


    And I agree like seskey said soon we will see soft porn movie flicks… ..etc etc — Inshape of Indian Movies and Troupe visits.

    I remember a VHS porn of lahore girl Hala Farooqi in a hidden cam shot of 45 minutes, arrived in USA in late 80s’ and was HOT among the dorm living DESI guys., though it was poor quality distorted color & audio but was a charm since it was a Pakistani ! and was a Great Embarrasment to whole of community, At that time Zia’s Islamic republic was a strong place then saudi arabia. Later it turned out that it was made at a Chandi Garh resort and distributed among the DESI Dorm residents throughout US schools., to put Pakistanis in WORST situation.

  17. murtadking on May 7th, 2008 @ 12:32 am

    "agree with Adnan & Seskey the cultural invasion has rotten our mental state, as nation we are suffering from Indian Supremacy Syndrome."

    indians call it as inferiority complex which sometimes turns into hatred.
    Strange that we never learn from Indian culture not to indulge in terrorism. How come we are aping arab pigs there. Pakistan has an enviable record in International Terrorism.


    we are not paying attention to so many more important things , like the poisonous islamatation of Pakistan leading to a worthless generation which can’t compete in today’s world when it comes to technology and science. (see where india is on that count).

    First let us improve our nation on higher priority things, watching indian movies can be taken care of later.

    And yes I hate islam. That’s why I am a murtad.

  18. faylasuf on May 7th, 2008 @ 11:03 am

    as long as we keep the negativ side alive/kicking n positive side sleeping we should not expect much good.

    put every thing on fire, chant slogans, tear, blow, shout, kill thats all we do.

    Where is the construction work?on the roads? thank you very much.

  19. seskey on May 7th, 2008 @ 12:06 pm

    murtad you dragged ISLAM into it how come ? where is islam mentioned by any of us commentators

    chor ke darhi mai tinka who ever you are what you believe in? does it make any difference to any of us here ? heheheh ap ki qabar / chita ke aag , ap kai sath hamari hamaray sath

  20. vikg on May 17th, 2008 @ 2:52 am

    Guys, just my 2 cents. I am Indian Hindu. I think many people in Pakistan have some misconceptions about the attitudes of Indians toward Pakistan. Just like in Pakistan, the fight is against extremist organizations both Hindu and Muslim. I think Indian media in general and Bollywood especially is a mostly progressive and secular institution. Would the commentators above say that "Jodha-Akbar" was an anti-Islamic movie ? It has been the biggest hit so far this year over here. I think the media can help bridge the gaps that have grown between Pakistanis and Indians.

    P.S : I watched Khuda Kay Liye and liked it, although I find it hard to believe that the Americans would arrest and torture somebody like that without a fair trial.


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