Nepal Maoists lift ban on Indian films

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2012 19:10 hrs

Kathmandu, Oct 11 (IANS) The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) has lifted its two-week-old ban on Indian films in Nepali theatres, the group announced Thursday.

The ban has been lifted due to the upcoming Hindu festival Dashain, Xinhua quoted CPN-Maoist as saying.

The Indian Embassy here had urged the breakaway group of UCPN-Maoist, which is led by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, to withdraw the ban.

CPN-Maoist spokeswoman Pumpha Bhusal, however, said the lifting of the ban is temporary.

The ban on Indian movies drew mixed reactions here.

Theatres that mostly screen Indian films, suffered losses of 35 million Nepali rupees within two weeks, said Ashok Sharma, ex-chairman of Nepal Film Producers Association.

The government on Oct 2 had warned the group of action.

The CPN-Maoist said Hindi movies promote vulgarity and cultural indecency.

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