While they’re not celebrating ‘successful’ hydrogen bomb tests, North Koreans are apparently watching Bollywood hits like Baahubali, Bajirao Mastani and Krrish.
The Pyongyang International Film Festival, which celebrated its first year of existence in 1987, has had a long history of screening Indian films.
Their website which compiles a list of films screened at biannual event – mentions Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish as having been screened at the 2014 edition in the Informative Screening category, while Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone’s Ram Leela, and Sunny Deol’s Singh Saab the Great were screened in competition the same year.
“It is a very positive way of cultural engagement and showing North Korean citizens another view on the world,” Nicholas Bonner, a China-based filmmaker who helps “coordinate foreign films shown” at the festival told. “The audiences love them,” he said.