When the Taliban were in power: How the world’s oldest film studio was forced to close in 2008
Bollywood’s first film studio, the Bombay Bollywood Studios (BBS), was shut down in 2008, just days after the Taliban took power.
The BBS’ owner and director, B. S. Chaudhary, was killed by the Taliban.
It was the first time that a major film studio had been shut down during the rule of the Taliban, which led to a nationwide ban on all media in the country.
The Taliban were the only party to rule Pakistan for decades and it was only in 2010 that the country saw an end to its ban on foreign films and the opening of cinemas.
Now, it is the turn of Bollywood, whose stars include Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, to follow suit.
“Bollywood is going through a time where they can’t produce films,” says Shoaib Shah, the managing director of BBS, which opened in 1996.
“The government is trying to keep them in the dark about the film industry’s problems.
We have to stay up front and show the government that there is a big market for Bollywood films.”
Bollywood’s success has led to an increase in its stature in the global entertainment landscape.
For instance, the Bollywood star Shah Rukhs family is now the richest family in the world with $2.2 billion in assets, according to Forbes magazine.
The family is known for their international success, including the Shah Rukhi-produced film Golden Globe Winners, which went on to win seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.