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Pakistan Ends 40-Year Bollywood Ban


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Pakistan's bitter 40-year blanket ban on Indian films has come to an end after public screenings of the 1984 Bollywood classic Sohni Mahiwal were allowed to go ahead the Islamic country.

Indian movies were banned in Pakistan following the Kashmir War in 1965 - but the Asian nation's censor board has now modified its guidelines, paving the way for an influx of new films from its neighbour.

Under strict rules, material linked to either an "Indian artiste" or "Indian director" was strictly prohibited, but Pakistan's movie industry has been crippled by the ban - millions of Pakistanis have access to the latest Bollywood releases on cable TV networks and ignore the home-produced films showing in cinemas.

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