The Straits Times
Published on Oct 05, 2012

Nepal theatres stop screening Bollywood movies after 'vulgar' claim


KATMANDU (AP) - Movies theatres in Nepal have stopped screening Bollywood movies because they fear violence after a Communist Party offshoot alleged the films are vulgar and unsuitable for the Nepalese society.

The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist is demanding the government give priority to locally made movies and strictly censor Hindi films. Party spokesperson Pumpha Bhusal said on Friday it was giving the government until next week to comply.

The party is a breakaway group of the main Communist Party in Nepal and has a history of past violence against its opponents.

Party supporters gathered at border points earlier this week to stop Indian vehicles from entering Nepal. The party later said it was going to allow trucks with essential goods like oil, gas and food to enter.