But the truth is, one the easiest and most powerful Confidence Building Measure wasn't, and never is, discussed viz., lifting the ban on each other's movies. I can't understand what governments gain by baning movies, apart from feeding their egos.
I have never visited Paksitan (though I'd like to), but from what I have read, Bollywood is a big hit in Pakistan. Sadly, I've never seen or heard of any Pakistani films in India, with the exception of Khuda Ke Liye. Then again, Pakistani singers are very popular in India, Atif Aslam being an example.
Furthermore, the number of cinemas in Pakistan has dwindled, with most of them being converted into shopping malls or petrol stations. Everyone agrees that the remaining theatres can be saved by allowing just a fraction of the 1,000+ Indian movies produced a year to be screened. That would inject a fresh lease of life into the Pakistani screens, and also offer a new, lucrative market for Bollywood (not to mention severely curtailing pirating).
But this goes beyond business. If any two countries can be called similar - in terms of culture, cuisine, dressing, music etc. - they are India and Pakistan. We are essentially the same people, we enjoy the same things and we have been together for thousands of years, the partition being just 60 years old. When two countries are so deeply intertwined, how can politicians somehow conclude that the neighbour's cinema is not to be watched? It's sheer hypocrisy that the Pakistan PM Gilani says he used to watch Aishwarya Rai's films, which are theoretically banned!
Enough about dams and lakes, enough about the big red giant in the north. The one thing that can really unite the people of the two countries is an amalgamation of Bollywood and Lollywood. And I am all for it.