Bollywood Movies Return to Pakistan After Ban
Sometimes markets trump nationalism. Pakistani cinemas had seen their revenues cut in half since September, when they banned Bollywood films in response to Indian moviemakers refusing to work with Pakistani artists. The culture war is a side skirmish in the nuclear-armed neighbors’ long-simmering border dispute that broke out in bloodshed this year in the Kashmir region. Pakistani movie theater owners, who bring in 60 percent of their revenue from Bollywood films, had laid off about 2,000 employees — but hope their fortunes will be revived with this reversal.