Indian 'cultural invasion' welcome in Pakistan

Urdu newspapers write critical editorials on the Indian cultural invasion but fill their pages with Hindi film reviews, large pictures of Indian actors and actresses and Bollywood gossip.

In Lahore booksellers sell Bollywood magazines in black ten times the price it is sold in Mumbai streets.

In the late 80's Ramayan and Mahabharat were popular in Pakistan and there was a report of one young supporter of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) who said he derived tremendous moral strength from these epics to face General Zia-ul-Haq's persecution of PPP workers. Later, he was arrested as being a member of a terrorist group.

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