Is Pakistan film industry on the verge of collapse?
Islamabad, Nov 9 (ANI): Lollywood, Lahore-based Pakistan film industry, which at one point of time had a distinct identity of its own, is now facing a dearth of producers and directors who could make films to pull the audiences to the theatres. As the film industry produces less than a dozen movies each year, the city’s Odeon Cinema has been showing just one film-called “Majajan,” a love story- every day, three times a day for the last three years. Reporting for the LA Times, Alex Rodriguez said that the film industry in Lahore, or Lollywood as it is popularly known, has not always been like this. Back in the 1960s and ’70s, Lahore buzzed with movie shoots, red-carpet premieres and box-office hits. But now, Pakistani cinema has all but vanished, a victim of the VCR, cable television and finally DVD piracy. In 1985, 1,100 movie houses operated in Pakistan, and today only 120 are in business. The few directors, producers and cinema owners often rely on second jobs to make ends meet. Revi