After days of speculation, it has been confirmed that the two big releases this weekend – Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay – will not release in Pakistan. Exhibitors and distributors across the border had voluntarily suspended the release of Indian films in the country in the face of escalated tensions between the two countries but there were chances that the ban may be lifted.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted on Wednesday, “Both #ADHM and #Shivaay WILL NOT release in Pakistan… Fox Star and Reliance Ent confirmed to me… Should put an end to all speculations.”
The speculation of lifting the ban began after Maharashtra Navirman Sena ended its ban on the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, starring Pakistani star Fawad Khan. The commerce ministry also gave both the films no objection certificates, boosting their chances further.
Pakistani distributors and exhibitors were reportedly thinking about ending the ban in the face of NOCs. Sources in the Pakistan Film Exhibitors and Distributors Association, which includes most owners of cineplexes, multiplexes and single screen cinemas in the country, had said the ban was likely to end on Tuesday, a few days before the release of ADHM and Shivaay.
Check Taran Adarsh tweet confirming Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Shivaay NOT to release in Pakistan:
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) October 26, 2016
Zoraiz Lashari, chairman of Pakistani Exhibitors and Distributors Association, was quoted as saying in some Pakistani dailies that no decision had been taken as such. However, he accepted that after the terrorist attack on the Quetta Police Training College on Monday night, some plans had been put back.
It seems ADHM and Shivaay will not release across the border after all.