After that, Pakistanis had to make do with illegally smuggled VHS tapes. On April 22, 2006, the colourised Mughal-e- premiered that
Lahore’s Gulistan Cinema. Akbar Khan’s Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story (2005) and Umesh Mehra’s Sohni Mahiwal, an Indo-Russian co-production, followed soon after. Mahesh Bhatt’s Awarapan (2007) and Sunny Deol’s Kaafila (2007) were also allowed access because the Indian films had been shot abroad, had a Pakistani co-producer and featured local artistes. In 2007, General Parvez Musharraf lifted the ban and My Name Is Khan (2010) was officially released.
His co-producer Dinesh Vijan is equally disappointed: “Pakistanis make up a significant part of our audience and we had consciously attempted to make this film with the right sentiments. The ban will only mean loss of revenue for both industries and encourage piracy, which we’re trying to combat together.”