Films that bond Asia
“We didn’t know that Pakistan had such good houses,” the headline said, Mr. Mansoor recalled in an interview here.
It was a striking reminder of how little people in India know about their neighbors across the border.
For 43 years no Pakistan-made film had been distributed commercially tomovie theaters in India until the opening here of Mr. Mansoor’s movie,“Khuda Kay Liye” (“In the Name of God”). That absence has contributedto widespread ignorance in India about contemporary Pakistan, a countryset apart by such entrenched political hostility that few Indians havevisited it.
The release of the film, which broke all boxoffice records in Pakistan last year, was hailed here as a significantmoment in the slowly