PAKISTAN: Pak censor gets tough on Indian films
Film Censor Board says Pakistani cinema should be revived
Times of India
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Islamabad --- Pakistani Film Censor Board has said that it will not allow unchecked access to Indian movies but permit only those films made by Pakistani producers and directors with foreign technology.
"The films, which are made abroad with foreign actors and technicians, are not liable to be put under strict censor policies, however, no stuff would be allowed which does not come in conformity with our moral values," said Azfar Shafqat, chairman of the Central Film Censor Board of Pakistan.
Shafqat admitted that local film industry was going through the toughest crisis of its history but he believed it was because of the poor quality of the Pakistani movies and nothing else.
"The qualities of our films have declined to a huge extent, which is why they are rejected by the masses. Even, a few films, which are good in quality succeed in present circumstances, which shows that the industry is on decline for its own weaknesses and nothing else should be blamed for," he was quoted as saying by Dawn.
At present censor policy was too gentle and mild so that Pakistani movies could compete with popular foreign films, he said. The board chief said all the quarters and stakeholders of the film industry should unite to take the Pakistani cinema out of the existing crisis.
"All of us should take sincere efforts to revive our industry and cinema culture," he said. Shafqat said the number of Pakistani films had almost touched to naught, which could improve if their quality was improved with joint efforts.
Date Posted: 4/4/2007