By Hindustan Times
In 1965, under military General Ayub Khan’s rule, a ban was imposed on Bollywood films set against the backdrop of the ongoing Indo-Pak conflict over Kashmir.
After that, Pakistanis had to make do with illegally smuggled VHS tapes. On April 22, 2006, the colourised Mughal-e-Azam (1960) premiered at Lahore’s Gulistan Cinema. Akbar Khan’s Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story (2005) and Umesh Mehra’s Sohni Mahiwal, an Indo-Russian co-production, followed soon after. Mahesh Bhatt’s Awarapan (2007) and Sunny Deol’s Kaafila (2007) were also allowed access because the Indian films had been shot abroad, had a Pakistani co-producer and featured local artistes. In 2007, General Parvez Musharraf lifted the ban and My Name Is Khan (201