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Pakistan Bans Broadcast of Indian Programs on Local Radio and Television Stations amid ongoing Political Tension

Indian songs, movies and drama serials have been a regular entertainment element and a source of revenue for scores of private radio and television channels operating in Pakistan

FILE - People look at the burned remains of a passenger vehicle on the outskirts of Srinagar in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Oct. 17, 2016. Kashmir is witnessing the largest protests against Indian rule in recent years, sparked by the July 8 killing of a popular rebel commander by Indian soldiers. VOA

Pakistan has banned Indian programs on local radio and television stations, the latest casualty of continuing military and political tension between the two countries.

The state-run Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority announced the decision Wednesday, saying the decade-long unilateral concession is being cancelled starting October 21.

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The authority warned that violators of the ban would have their broadcasting licenses suspended without issuance of “show cause notices.”

Indian songs, movies and drama serials have been a regular entertainment element and a source of revenue for scores of private radio and television channels operating in Pakistan.

The ban came after the Indian film industry barred Pakistani actors from its movies, and cinema associations refused to play movies featuring artists, singers and music directors from the neighbouring country.

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Wednesday’s announcement comes as Pakistani and Indian troops engage in intermittent exchanges of fire across the disputed Kashmir border referred to as the line of control.

The tensions increased after last month’s militant attack on a military base in Indian Kashmir that New Delhi alleges was planned on Pakistani soil.

Islamabad rejected the charges as an attempt to divert attention from what it alleges is Indian forces’ brutal suppression of a week of anti-India protests in Kashmir.

India’s claim of conducting a so-called surgical strike on the Pakistani side of the divide of the Kashmir region to eliminate terrorists trying to cross into India has further fueled tensions. But the Pakistan military has rejected as baseless New Delhi’s claim of conducting the cross-line-of-control raid, such an action would have been an act of war.

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India’s refusal to attend a summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation scheduled for next month in Pakistan prompted Islamabad to postpone it. New Delhi has also vowed not to play cricket matches with Pakistan in upcoming international events.

The actions, Indian officials say, are part of their diplomatic efforts to seek Pakistan’s international isolation for allegedly supporting groups involved in cross-border terrorism in India and Afghanistan. Islamabad rejects the allegations saying its anti-terrorism efforts are being internationally acknowledged.

It dismisses the Indian efforts to isolate Pakistan as nothing but “a ploy to divert international attention from ongoing Indian oppression” in the divided Kashmir region. (VOA)

  • Ruchika Kumari

    Is banning Indian songs and movies and ban of Pakistani Artists really going to work?
    Just hoping for the best results.

  • Antara

    Shackling the cultural expressions and severing the bond of art will only keep increasing the tension!

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Anil Kapoor: I Need To Learn How To Go Easy On Myself

Actor Anil Kapoor says that he needs to learn to go easy on himself

Actor Anil Kapoor
Anil Kapoor says that he has always been his worst critic. Wikimedia Commons.

After four decades in Bollywood, Anil Kapoor feels he needs to learn how to go easy on himself, and that is his biggest challenge. The actor says he has always been his worst critic.

Anil entered the industry with a small role in 1979 with Umesh Mehra’s “Hamare Tumhare”, and then went on to carve his niche by balancing his stature as a respectable actor and his popularity as a saleable star, with performances including “Woh 7 Din”, “1942: A Love Story”, “Mr. India”, “Tezaab”, “Ram Lakhan”, “Lamhe”, “Beta”, “Taal”, “Nayak: The Real Hero” and “Pukar”.

At 62, he has managed to keep himself relevant in the forever fickle world of Bollywood showbiz, and his fit and sprightly persona defies his age. Anil insists his constant struggle is to go easy on himself.

“I’ve always been hard on myself and I’m always my own worst critic. So my biggest challenge continues to learn to go easy on myself and to let go when I need to,” Anil told IANS.

He says his career goals continue to be the same as they were all those years ago, when he was starting out.

“Strangely enough, my goals haven’t changed much! I’m a simple man with a simple plan — to be better than I was yesterday. So that’s what I continue to strive towards,” said the actor.

Anil Kapoor
Anil Kapoor feels that Cinema is the most engaging way in which stories are told. Wikimedia Commons

If anything, he has managed to stay relevant by experimenting with his craft and subjects, as trends changed in Bollywood over the past 40 years.

There have been the international forays, too. He featured in Danny Boyle’s Oscar-wiing global blockbuster “Slumdog Millionaire”, and also worked in “24”, “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “Family Guy”.

His versatility is proved by the fact that he was equally at home in these international projects as he was in out-and-out Bollywood outings as “No Entry”, “Welcome”, “Race”, “Dil Dhadakne Do”, “Mubarakan”, “Fanney Khan”, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” and “Total Dhamaal”.

“I’ve always believed that change is the only constant. So, I have let life and opportunities change me along the way, in the most organic ways possible. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the passion I feel for my work,” said the actor, who recently became part of a panel discussion by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films in Kolkata to decode “what makes films powerful”, as part of a six-city tour.

Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films brings stars together to talk about the power of cinema and the short film genre. The panel discussion in Kolkata was moderated by Anupama Chopra, and also included Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Vinay Pathak, Sheetal Menon, Bejoy Nambiar and Niranjan Iyengar.

“Cinema is perhaps the most engaging way in which stories are told and shared”, he said, adding: “And stories have always had the power to shape minds and lives.”

The actor points out that power comes with a sense of responsibility.

Anil Kapoor
Anil Kapoor along with ‘Shootout at Wadala’ cast at a promotional event. Wikimedia Commons

“Anyone in a position to influence minds and hearts has a responsibility towards the people they are reaching. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the right platform and a mouthpiece to communicate with the world, so when you do, it comes with the duty to be mindful of the message you’re sharing and affirming,” said the father of three.

Anil will be back on the big screen in Anees Bazmee’s “Pagalpanti”, with whom he has in the past worked in “No Entry”, “Welcome”, “No Problem”, “Welcome Back” and “Mubarakan”.

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“Pagalpanti” also stars John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Ileana D’Cruz, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Rautela and Saurabh Shukla, and is slated to release on November 22.

The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar’s T-Series and Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak’s Panorama Studios and co-produced by Vinod Bhanushali, Shiv Chanana, Aditya Chowksey and Sanjeev Joshi. (Bollywood Country)