The first ever entertainment industry delegation from Pakistan is currently in India to meet with its counterparts in Mumbai after a gap of 40 years.
The twenty-strong delegation is led by Shaukat Zaman Khan, chairman, standing committee on Film Production & Censor Issues, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI), and ex-chairman, Pakistan Film Producers Association (PFPA). The delegation will consist of prominent producers and directors, artistes and technicians.
Indian Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ravi Shanker Prasad called for a memorandum of understanding between the countries. This fusion would place the South Asian region on the world map of entertainment, he said.
The delegation requested Indian Film Industry stop producing anti Pakistani propaganda films. It also proposed a legitimate channel for Indian films in Pakistan. Indian films are currently banned in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Tessa Jowell, MP, UK Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sports is on a business trip to India to encourage the Bollywood film industry to make more movies in the UK.
Jowell told reporters that her visit along with the UK Film Council was a clear demonstration of "our recognition of the importance of the entertainment and media sector in India". She will also discuss the proposed India UK co-production treaty with the Indian Government.