First Indian Movie in Pakistan Theatres in 40 Years
Mughal-e-Azam, or The Great Mogul, is an historical romance made in 1960 in Mumbai but set in Lahore at the time when Muslim leaders ruled India. Film lovers lined up at theatres in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday to see the first Indian movie allowed to be screened in the country for almost 60 years. The story of a doomed love affair between a prince and a slave girl has been dubbed the India’s answer to the American Civil War epic Gone With The Wind. Dilip Kumar, who plays the male lead in the film, was born Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, in northwest Pakistan. Members of Pakistan’s film industry lobbied to have the film and another one, Taj Mahal, released in Pakistani cinemas. Taj Mahal, a new Bollywood epic, will be released later this week in Pakistan.