Over the years, the neighboring countries India and Pakistan have seen a lot of turbulence in their relationship. Pakistan has often been gracious enough to release Indian films in Pakistan as art truly knows no boundaries and it is the only medium which can help erase the differences between the two countries.
However, India and Pakistan has imposed several bans on each other’s content throughout the years. Since 2008, Pakistan has released about 400 Indian films while only a total of 6 Pakistani films released in India.
Following are the only 6 Pakistani films which released in India!
1. Khuda Kay Liye
Khuda Kay Liye was released in 2007 and it is credited with bringing a new wave in Pakistani cinema. The film was helmed by the visionary director Shoaib Mansoor and stars celebrated actors Shaan Shahid, Fawad Khan and Iman Ali in pivotal roles, with a cameo appearance by Naseeruddin Shah. Khuda Kay Liye was the first Pakistani film in 50 years to release in India. The film did an above average business in India.
Iconic film Salakhain was produced by industry veteran Rashid Khawaja and was hemled by talented director Shehzad Rafiq. Although 2004’s film Salakhain was censored for release before Khuda Kay Liye, however it released after it. Salakhain’s satellite rights were also bought in India, which was a first for a Pakistani film. It became the second film whose home video rights were purchased in India, after Khuda Kay Liye.
Salakhain did not do well in India but it was able to recover its cost of release. Owing to the fact that the film was shot in Lahore, it did much better in the circuit of Punjab in India. The film stars Zara Sheikh, Ahmed Butt and Meera in lead roles.
3. Mohabbataan Sachiyaan
Mohabbataan Sachiyaan was another directional jam by Shehzad Rafiq. It was released in 2007. This became the third Pakistani film to release in India. The film stars Veena Malik, Adnan Khan and Babrak Shah in pivotal roles. The film’s songs became quite popular which were sung by prominent Indian singers Shreya Ghoshal and Sonu Nigam. The film released in the circuit of Punjab in India and couldn’t do much business.
Shoaib Mansoor’s directorial Bol was critically acclaimed in both India and Pakistan. Starring a talented line up of actors including Humaima Malik, Iman Ali, Manzar Sehbai and Mahira Khan among others, the film raised an important social issue.
The social commentary was highly appreciated by critics in India and this became the only Pakistani film which was able to do a decent business in India. The film roped in 3.5 crores from India. However, the satellite rights of Bol were also sold for a hefty amount. The satellite rights of both Khuda Kay Liye and Bol were bought at a total price of 10 crore.
It was due to Bol’s performance that Shoaib Mansoor gained recognition and utmost respect in India. Bol did a remarkable business through home videos as well which also boasted the sales of Shoaib Mansoor’s previous film Khuda Kay Liye’s home videos.
Due to Bol, Shoaib Mansoor rose to fame in India and was even offered films in India. However before that could happen, tensions rose between India and Pakistan.
5. Ramchand Pakistani
Ramchand Pakistani starred brilliant actor Nandita Das alongside Syed Fazal Hussain, Rashid Farooqui, Noman Ijaz and Maria Wasti among others. It released in 2008 and was directed by Mehreen Jabbar This was Nandita Das’s first Pakistani film. However, Ramchand Pakistani was unable to do any business in India.
In 2015, Humayun Saeed and Mahira Khan’s Bin Roye was released in India. Directed by Momina Duraid and Shahzad Kashmiri, it was produced under the banner of Hum Films. Bin Roye released in India during troubled times and it could therefore not release in the circuit of Mumbai in India. The film was unable to do a good business in India.