Indian films drawing audiences to Pakistani multiplex

Islamabad, Aug 6 (IANS) After a number of years, Pakistanis are flocking to watch movies on the big screen, thanks to the latest Bollywood blockbusters now being screened in a newly opened multiplex.

Homemaker Kosar Jabeen said Indian films were drawing movie lovers, who would otherwise have watched movies at home on pirated CDs available for just Rs.100 (over $1), to cinema halls.

"I think this (hall) is marvellous and offers a (large) variety," said Kosar about the five-screen multiplex in adjacent Rawalpindi's that features Pakistani, Indian and English movies.

There has been a decline in the sales of pirated CDs, especially of the latest Bollywood films, according to Babar Rasheed, who owns a CD shop he