Pakistan film industry has
started its working in 1948. Over 10,000 Urdu feature films have been produced
in Pakistan since 1948. As well as over 8,000 Punjabi, 6000 Pashto and 2000
Sindhi feature films are also released. First film was released on 7th August
1948 at the Parbhat Theatre in Lahore. Since Pakistan gained its independence
from British, Lahore became the hub of cinema in Pakistan. Later on film
industry has been shifted to Karachi.
The 60’s decade is often cited as being the golden age of cinema in Pakistan.
With the passage of time Pakistani movies lost their quality. Especially after
the war of 1971, Pakistan film industry has lost attraction for the viewers. The
story of our films turned to filth and gun culture. Lack of good story let many
films to flop and cinema to incur huge loses. Many cinemas have been closed due
to continuous loss. The cinemas which remained working started releasing Indian
films to gain the viewership back. The fall of Pakistan film industry, gave a
boost to Indian films in Pakistani cinema. It has been considered that Indian
film is necessary for keep the cinemas working. Now a day, Indian film industry
is main contributor in GDP of India. Indian films earn a lot of money from
Pakistani cinemas. In the contrary national film industry is facing a strong
competition, taxes. Indian films are enjoying profits because of their cost
efficiency and quantity. But Pakistani films are made less in number and they
have to compete a larger industry. To make national film industry a good part in
Pakistan GDP, government should take bold steps.
Release of Indian films has a dual impact. One is, we are paying them to buy
bullets and ammunition to be used against us (in Kashmir & on LOC). Indian’s
atrocities in Kashmir is continued. India started using pellet guns on unarmed
Kashmiris. Indian is spending its huge budget on its army. Releasing Indian
movies is supporting Indian film industry. Providing them foreign exchange to
destroy us and continue atrocities in Kashmir. After Uri attack, India has
banned Pakistani films and dramas. In response of India’s ban on Pakistani
dramas and films, Pakistan cinema association banned the released of Indian
movies. This self-imposed ban was removed in December 2016. There was no
intervention of government in either ban or removal of ban on Indian Movies.
On the other hand, Indian films have a strong impact on brains of our youth
because they should their complete culture in these films. Watching Indian
movies cannot turn ant Muslim to Non-Muslim. But these films are a strong medium
of transmission of religious beliefs and culture. Dramas and movies are a medium
to inspire human brain. The two nation theory is also blurred in brains of new
generation. These films are a slow poison for the Islamic culture. Even language
has also been changed. In present time, war is not only fought on boarders. Now,
war is fought on every boarder specially capturing brains of next generation
also became important in this era.
Concluding more, imposing ban or releasing foreign films or dramas should be
policy matter on national level. Ministry of information is responsible for
these decisions. To let Pakistan film industries flourish, some positive steps
are required by Ministry of Information and technology. Pakistani films should
get tax rebate whereas huge taxes should be imposed on foreign films. To protect
our future generations from cultural invasion, a strong policy regarding foreign
dramas and films is required.