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The ice age between Pakistan and India has now also arrived in Bollywood.

Relations between India and Pakistan are particularly bad at the moment. Both sides threaten and both sides are shooting sharply at the so-called armistice line in embattled Kashmir. India and Pakistan expel diplomats on suspicion of espionage and vilify each other in their media. The struggle of the neighboring nuclear powers is a question of national honor - and even now does not stop at Bollywood.

Nothing is apolitical anymore

"Love is a difficult affair of the heart" - is the title of a Bollywood film that is currently getting many Indians and Pakistanis going. The film became a political issue in India - because a Pakistani actor was involved. And because there is an ice age between Pakistan and India and the guns speak, radical nationalists in India have threatened to set fire to cinemas showing the Bollywood flick, says our correspondent Sandra Petersmann.

In India there are increasing voices calling for a total boycott of Pakistan. And that also means that no Pakistani actors should appear in Indian films. The pressure became so great that Karan Johar, the film's director, was even forced to make a public statement. The tenor: his country means everything to him, nothing is more important - and that's why he wants to do without Pakistani actors in the future.

So far, the following has been the case: In Bollywood, rather shallow fabrics are treated. But in the current situation everything is political: no matter whether it is a literary festival, a sporting event or a movie joke. Every day, talk shows raise the mood against Pakistan, call for a boycott and even the submission of the neighboring state.

"Bollywood is far too popular as a brand. In all of South India and especially in Pakistan."
Sandra Petersmann, correspondent in India

And in Pakistan? All Bollywood films there have now been banned from television screens and cinemas. However, there is a lucrative black market with burned DVDs, says Sandra Petersmann. And it should flourish even better now. This also shows that India and Pakistan are actually very similar - despite all political tensions.