Bollywood movies were banned in Pakistan this Eid. As a result, Salman Khan starrer Dabangg, the biggest Bollywood attraction during the festive season, was not released in Pakistan. However, the movie has now got a delayed release in the country, and the fans of Salman are flooding to the theatres.
The number of moviegoers in Pakistani theatres fell last month following the ban on Bollywood films. A booking clerk in Lahore was quoted saying that Pakistani film lovers were returning to the cinema halls with the return of Indian movies. He added that Dabangg received over 70 per cent opening.
The theatre owners are of the opinion that Pakistani films fail at the box office, as they are low-budget movies. Gulistan cinema owner Arif Khan said that Pakistan produced 8 to 10 movies in the first nine months while 25 to 30 Indian films were released.
Apart from Dabangg, other movies like Housefull, I Hate Luv Storys and Once Upon A Time In Mumbai did good business at the box office.