In 2016, following the Uri attack in Indian-administered Kashmir, the Indian government banned Pakistani artists from working in India. This ban has been in place ever since, and it has affected a number of popular Pakistani actors, including Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan, and Ali Zafar. Now this has definitely disappointed fans across the border since Indian fans always have a different type of love for Pakistani film and drama content. But there is a twist since not everything Pakistani has been banned in India.

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Bollywood’s Obsession With Pakistani Music 

However, the ban does not apply to Pakistani music. Pakistani songs are still played on Indian radio stations and are still available on streaming services. This has led to some confusion and debate, with some people questioning why Pakistani actors are banned but not Pakistani singers.

For example, the Pakistani famous song Pasoori by Ali Sethi and Shae Gill became a global hit, And now, the Bollywood film Sathyaprem Ki Katha has now come out with their version which is almost the same yet with the slightest difference. Here have a look.

Similarly, a while back, the Netflix Bollywood film, Action Hero, also copied one of Pakistan’s most iconic songs by Nazia Hassan, “Ap Jaisa Koi”. Have a look at that too.

Possible Reasons 

There are a few possible explanations for this discrepancy. One possibility is that the Indian government is trying to make a distinction between art and politics. Pakistani actors are often seen as being more political than Pakistani singers, and the Indian government may be trying to avoid the controversy that could arise from allowing Pakistani actors to work in India.

Another possibility is that the Indian government is simply trying to protect its own film industry. The Indian film industry is one of the largest in the world, and it generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. The Indian government may be worried that if Pakistani actors are allowed to work in India, they will take away jobs from Indian actors. This is what Rabya Kulsoom also mentioned in her recent Instagram posts.

The ban on Pakistani actors has been a controversial issue. Some people believe that the ban is unfair and discriminatory, while others believe that it is necessary to protect India’s national security. There is no easy answer to this question, and it is likely to remain a source of debate for some time to come. However, one thing is clear and that’s the ban on Pakistani actors has had a significant impact on the Indian film industry and on the careers of many talented Pakistani artists.

Political Tensions

In addition to the reasons mentioned above, there are also some cultural factors that may be at play. In India, there is a long history of suspicion and distrust of Pakistan. This is due to a number of factors, including the two countries shared border, the ongoing Kashmir conflict, and the history of cross-border terrorism.

As a result of this distrust, some Indians may be reluctant to see Pakistani actors on their screens. They may worry that these actors will promote Pakistani culture or even spread propaganda. This is why the Indian government may be hesitant to lift the ban on Pakistani actors, even if it would be beneficial to the Indian film industry.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to lift the ban on Pakistani actors is a political one. It is a decision that will be made by the Indian government, and it will be based on a number of factors, including national security, economic considerations, and cultural sensitivities.

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