Broadcasters ready Independence Day shows


Asian TV and radio networks have begun finalising their special programming schedules for the celebration of Pakistan and India’s Independence Days.

On the 14th and 15th of August, 1947, Pakistan and India became completely independent. It was on this historic date that Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime Minister of India, unfurled the Indian tricolor on the ramparts the magnificent Red Fort, symbolically marking the end of the British colonial rule.

As every year, Asian broadcasters are all set to unleash their patriotic films and shows to celebrate the 58th Independence Day of each country.

ZEE Network

ZEE TV, ZEE Cinema and Alpha ETC Punjabi will be screening a slew of shows over the two-day festivities.

Pakistan’s Independence Day

00:00 Urdu movie: Baharaon Phool Barsao (ZEE TV)
05:00 Urdu movie: Ilzaam (ZEE Cinema)
09:00 Urdu movie: Armaan (ZEE Cinema)
12:00 Urdu movie: Chalo Ishq Ladayein (ZEE TV)
13:00 Special concert: Milan 2000 (ZEE Cinema)
16:00 Special concert: Tribute To Legends (ZEE Cinema)
20:00 Urdu movie: Yeh Dil Aap Ka Huwa (ZEE Cinema)
23:30 Urdu Movie: Gharana (ZEE Cinema)

India’s Independence Day

03:00 Hindi movie: Amanat (ZEE Cinema)
06:30 Hindi movie: Shaheed (ZEE Cinema)
10:00 Hindi movie: Kranti (ZEE Cinema)
12:00 Hindi movie: Dharamputra (ZEE TV)
13:00 Hindi movie: Bombay (ZEE Cinema)
16:30 Hindi movie: Pinjar (ZEE Cinema)
20:00 Hindi movie: Khakee (ZEE Cinema)
23:30 Hindi movie: Deewar Lets Bring Our Heroes Home (ZEE Cinema)

13/08/05 at 13:30 Punjabi movie: Uccha Dar Babe Nanak Da (Alpha ETC Punjabi)

STAR Network

STAR Plus will be screening a special programme on Pakistan’s Independence Day, with news channel STAR News bringing live coverage of the day’s celeberations from India.

Sarhad Paar Urmila Ke Sang is a documentary following the actress Urmila Matondkar as she visits Lahore, Pakistan in an attempt to breakdown the barriers and bring the two sides of the border closer.

15:00 Hindi movie: Desh Premee (STAR Plus)
19:00 Sarhad Paar Urmila Ke Sang (STAR Plus)

B4U Movies

B4U Movies will be screening two special movies to mark the celebrations of azaadi.

Pakistan’s Independence Day
20:00 Hindi movie: Lakeer (B4U Movies)

India’s Independence Day
16:00 Hindi movie: Pukaar (B4U Movies)

DM Digital

DM Digital is hosting live transmission from Manchester to bridge the gap between the two communities – India and Pakistan. The show will feature celebrities Fakhir, Noor and SK1 and many other Lollywood and Bollywood stars. Coverage on the channel commences at 18:30 on 14th August and runs through to 00:30 the next morning. DM Digital is available on Sky Digital.


SET Max has lined up two movies for India’s Independence Day:

09:00 Karma
17:00 Hindustan Ki Kasam


When contacted BBC Asian Network on programme details for the two days, we were told that the station will not be celebrating the Independence Days. Reason? “The reason for this is the fact that there are too many political issues involved. We only mark the days if there is a relevant editorial reason,” an insider at the Asian Network informed Biz Asia.

Sunrise Radio, Sabras Radio, Radio XL, Asian Gold, Club Asia and others will be running special music throughout the 14th and 15th of August.

We will keep this page updated with any last minute changes to TV and radio channels.

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