In a possible sign that a cultural thaw is unfolding in Uzbekistan, a few popular and unofficially blacklisted performers could soon return to the country’s screens, stages and airwaves.
Comedian and actor Obid Asomov and pop singer Yulduz Usmanova both fell out of official favor over the years, forcing them to seek their fortunes elsewhere. Usmanova has lived in Turkey since 2008 after being forbidden from performing inside Uzbekistan. No official announcement has been made, but an employee with state television station Tashkent has told EurasiaNet.org that films starring Asomov are to start airing again on domestic broadcasters.
“There was an unspoken order that any films featuring Asomov, or in which he did the dubbing, could go air without censorship,” the source told EuriasNet.org. “In the running order they have included ‘The Giant and the Dwarf’ and ‘Onward Arba,’ both of which star Asomov.”
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