There is not much in common among Malayalees and Pakistanis, apart from the fact that both are carbon based life forms. So when you meet a Pakistani, there are only a few things you can ask them like, “What do you think the fate of Musharraf will be?” or “How many suicide bombers are there in your family”
Now there is one more topic which we can discuss and that is the state of the film industry of both places.
Actors, producers and directors from across Pakistan gathered for a two-day seminar aimed at reversing an alarming slide that has seen most cinemas close and the output of movies decline from around 100 in the late 1980s to just 40 last year.
“It’s almost finished, taking its last breath. We are trying to revive it.” Most people these days prefer to stay home to watch CD copies of glitzy Bollywood films from India rather than venture out to decrepit movie halls.
He warned that Pakistan is losing its talented actors and filmmakers to India. “We need to preserve what we have,” he said.[Actors call for revival of local film industry]
We can tell the Pakistanis how the number of movies releasing in Kerala are also declining, how people prefer glitzy Tamil and Hindi movies and how Kerala is losing talent to Tamil and Telugu film industry. But before you start discussing if Prithviraj should have won the State Award with the Pakistani, just check if belongs to Al-Badr. If so, RUN.